New Zealand’s Fastway Couriers has successfully delivered its first auto-part package, from Penrose to Mt Wellington in just under five minutes.
Fastway Couriers teamed up with UAV company Flirtey to create the aerial delivery service. The route between Penrose to Mt Wellington traditionally takes couriers 20 minutes, but took the drone less than five minutes to complete. The drone follows GPS coordinates to deliver the package without any human interaction or control, with the consumer receiving a text message as the drone approaches.
Flirtey Chief Executive Matthew Sweeny, talking to the New Zealand Herald: “This is a significant moment, because it is the first commercial drone delivery over a populated area in New Zealand. As the entire concept and its technology continues to evolve, the sky is the limit.”
Chief Executive Scott Jenyns of Fastway Couriers praised drone delivery as ‘an exciting prospect for the future of courier delivery,’ stating: “Although there’s no substitute for courier drivers, drone technology is rapidly progressing and it displays a way of increasing speed of delivery, particularly in congested areas. This opens up a range of possibilities for courier companies, small businesses and online retailers.”
Drone delivery was originally introduced as a feasible alternative to standard courier delivery by Amazon, who are seeking to introduce their own version in the United States and United Kingdom as soon as it is both practically and legally possible. New Zealand currently operate favourable legislation for drone testing as well as a relatively uncrowded airspace.