While a good number of players lead delivery pilots by drone, Survey Copter, the subsidiary of light drones of Airbus, and Colis Privé are positioning themselves upstream. The two companies announced Wednesday, June 2, 2021 to enter into a partnership which takes the form of a strategic research partnership agreement (PSR). The objective: to assess the deployment of a drone parcel delivery service.
Is such a service viable?
Survey Copter and Colis Privé will conduct a feasibility study and study the various aspects related to the delivery of parcels by drone for individuals. They will work on all technical and regulatory aspects. But also reflect on the operational realities of such a service and their limits. The idea is to establish the economic viability of such a service even before deploying tests.
“This highly symbolic partnership embodies both the power of 100% French innovation but also and above all the projection of the future contours of the delivery of individuals by drone”, summarizes Frédéric Pons, co-founder of Colis Privé and HOPPS Group, in a press release. This study could enrich the standard scenarios proposed to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) which seek to establish regulations for unmanned autonomous transport.
Survey Copter diversifies its offer
Survey Copter conducts experiments with its drones in the inspection of power lines, railway lines, oil pipelines, gas pipelines or in the surveillance of difficult to access land and the protection of operators of vital importance (OIV).
This partnership will allow it to expand its skills in the autonomous air mobility sector of the future by focusing on a possible delivery service. The Airbus subsidiary is also working on integrating these new means of mobility and air traffic management into air traffic, particularly in low-altitude urban environments.