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Drones

Swiss Post uses drones as a means of transport

What doesn’t take the tunnel under the mountains just flies over them: by drone. Since letter and parcel delivery is hard work in the Alpine countries, especially in winter, this latest Swiss Post project is attracting close attention.

23 Dec. 2016
Schweizer Post-Drohne
In 2017 swiss Post uses drones as a means of transport (Photo: Schweizerische Post AG)

Starting next year, Swiss Post intends to transport mail using drones for the first time. General delivery by means of aircraft is nevertheless not currently envisaged. Instead, a corporate customer’s two locations are to be connected by air shuttle in an initial trial.

Swiss Post has been experimenting with drone transports since 2015 . Current models can carry loads of up to 5 kg, and have a maximum range of 20 km, and can reach a speed of about 60 km/h.

DHL has already been testing drones in Germany since 2013. As part of a research project in 2016, a novel type of parcelcopter was tested at Reit im Winkel and on the Winkelmoosalm in Bavaria; it can autonomously load and unload at special packing stations referred to as Parcelcopter SkyPorts . In test operation, the devices covered an 8 km-long route where they surmounted a cumulative elevation of 500 meters in eight minutes. Transport by car, in contrast, would have taken about 30 minutes in the winter.