Swiss WorldCargo, Swiss Post put drones through Alpine tests this summer

First tests aim to prove the concept, clarify the legal framework, consider local conditions and explore the technical and business capabilities of delivery drones, said the report.

The Matternet One drone is designed to carry small packages and said to be "exceptionally easy to load and unload and are light and strong enough to transport one kilogramme 20 kilometres on a single battery charge".

The partners said their drones are capable of autonomous operation and able to follow secure routes generated by Matternet's proprietary Cloud software.

Swiss International Air Lines cargo chief Oliver Evans said his company wanted to explore technology that promises to increase reach, speed and reliability while reducing costs and environmental impact.

"Likewise we are keen to explore new types of collaboration with partners in the supply chain, from technology partners like Matternet to service partners like Swiss Post," said Mr Evans."

Said Swiss Post logistics chief Dieter Bambauer: "With drone technology, we are testing a possible means of transport of the future today. Swiss Post aims to always be in tune with customer needs."

Said Matternet CEO Andreas Raptopoulos: "We are excited to bring Matternet One to Switzerland, one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, and discover how this new paradigm will bring value to our partners, their customers and the country."

Matternet said it has already tested drones in the transport of medicine in challenging environments such as Bhutan, Papua New Guinea and Haiti.

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