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[Editor’s Note: Data from the drone delivery tests will be shared with various partners, including the Canadian Government.]
Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) is reporting positive results from initial commercial testing on its next-generation drone logistics platform 4.0, which was operated in Waterloo with Canadian university research partners.
Vaughan, Ontario-based DDC is a drone technology company focused on the design, development and implementation of a commercial drone logistics platform for government and corporate organizations.
In these tests, the company says both flight times and payload carry exceeded initial expectations – primarily as a result of development work at the Vaughan DDC lab over the past nine months.
“Today, you cannot simply buy a drone for delivery purposes like you can for photography, so we are collaborating with Canada’s best in breed to develop our own,” explains Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of DDC. “There are many benefits to this; for instance, we will own all of the intellectual property and then simply outsource the manufacturing. Our business is to build Canada’s first ‘railway in the sky’ on our ‘depot to depot model,’ which is different to other concepts south of the border.”
According to the company, its “depot to depot” model is suited for “rural areas of Canada in which goods are transported to and from distribution warehouses/locations”: e.g., emergency aid or bulk mail.
DDC says it will use data from its testing efforts to provide key inputs to various partners, including the Canadian government and corporate partners, as it moves closer toward commercialization.
The company notes it will add more testing sites later this year for operations taking place beyond the visual line of sight.