Every year, a press preview sets the ball rolling for CEBIT, offering an exclusive sneak preview of some of the highlights in store. The exhibitors showcasing their products at the New City Hall in Hannover on 15 May included household names such as VW, ADAC, AVM and IBM - but also a startup from Würzburg called EmQopter. The fledgling company grasped this unique opportunity to demonstrate what its interpretation of a genuinely fit-for-purpose delivery drone looks like and how it works.
The innovative sensors onboard EmQopter's brainchild make it one of the most advanced drones in its segment. In contrast to its rivals, the EmQopter drone is equipped with a proximity sensor system that enables it to independently identify suitable landing sites, fly toward them and land there. This patent-pending technology makes the EmQopter drone the first contender for authorized autonomous flights in non-regulated urban airspace. Others require specially designated landing zones and are unable to make safe emergency landings elsewhere. This limits them to officially controlled airspace, thus severely restricting their potential uses. The test to see whether the EmQopter drone is actually ready to make the leap from development to practical application is scheduled for August 2018. That's when Jopp Holding GmbH will put it into proper "service" for the first time, making several deliveries a day in a test environment.