Finnish drone company to trial same-day delivery of newspapers
Newspapers worldwide have been decimated to near extinction by various disruptive technologies over the past decade, but a Finnish company is preparing to give local dailies a lift by assuring prompt delivery of papers to subscribers on secluded lake islands south of the city of Tampere.
Lentola Logistics is preparing a trial program to deliver newspapers by drone to residents of Saarikylät, an area covering seven villages on different islands in one of Finland’s countless lakes. Lentola Logistics CEO Markus Hohenthal plans to use the UAVs to fly the dailies to readers eager to get their news the same day it’s published, rather than wait up to several days for papers to be distributed by car or mail services.
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Hohenthal will conduct the trial over a three-month period next year, using Lentola Logistics’ tail-sitting vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) drone to…