MIT-founded drone startup offers home delivery service in Norway
Drone logistics company Aviant has announced the launch of its home delivery service, Kyte. Drones will now deliver groceries, takeaway food, and non-prescription medicines to sparsely populated areas and vacation homes in Norway. In addition, Aviant has landed $1 million in funding from Innovation Norway to autonomously deliver vital prescription medicines directly from pharmacies to people in remote and suburban areas.
Founded by Lars Erik Fagernæs, Herman Øie Kolden, and Bernhard Paus Græsdal at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2020, Aviant has operated over 2,500 autonomous flights, covering more than 35,000 km in Norway and Sweden. During the pandemic, the company helped transport COVID-19 tests and blood samples between district hospitals and central hospitals in Norway.
Aviant’s drones, certified under EU regulations to operate autonomous flights within the union, can fly as far as 120 km in a straight line. In more…