Swiss Post to hand over drone delivery operations to California’s Matternet
California-based drone logistics company Matternet, which has been working successfully with Swiss Post since 2017, says it will take over drone delivery operations from Switzerland’s national postal service starting January 1, 2023. In addition, Matternet will leverage its experience from operations in Switzerland to build Europe’s first city-wide drone delivery network.
The five-year partnership between Swiss Post and Matternet has seen the organizations achieve many milestones together, including the operation of the first beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) commercial drone delivery route over a city in Lugano (2017) and the first BVLOS commercial drone delivery route in a major European city (Zurich, 2018).
In 2019, however, drone delivery trials remained largely suspended because two Matternet aircraft crashed in close succession owing to the failsafe parachute system not deploying correctly. Following this, a lot of work was put into improving the…