29 November 2017

Van and drone deliveries tested in real life

In what is claimed as a global first, Mercedes-Benz has used a combination of vans and drones to deliver packages to homes in a trial in Zurich, Switzerland, writes Brian Byrne.

The deliveries, which took place between 25 September and 13 October, were a test for on-demand delivery of e-commerce orders.

A total of around 100 flights were made without incident over the city of Zurich. The project made use of two drones and two Mercedes-Benz Vito vans with integrated landing platforms. Technology installed in the vehicle roofs ensured that landings were accurate and safe.

The results of the tests are currently being analysed.