According to a recent report, UPS is working with German drone-maker Wingcopter to develop futuristic package delivery drones for us in the United States and worldwide.
GPS World reports that UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF) is working with German drone-maker Wingcopter to develop the next generation of package delivery drones. UPSFF is a subsidiary of delivery service UPS and is dedicated to drone delivery. UPS chose Germany company Wingcopter for its unmanned aircraft technology and its track record in delivering goods over long distances.
Bala Ganesh, vice president of the UPS Advanced Technology Group, said in a statement: “Drone delivery is not a one-size-fits-all operation. Our collaboration with Wingcopter helps pave the way for us to start drone delivery service in new use-cases. UPS Flight Forward is building a network of technology partners to broaden our unique capability to serve customers and extend our leadership in drone delivery.”
Both companies are now working towards earning regulatory certification for a Wingcopter unmanned aircraft to make commercial delivery flights in the United States. Wingcopter drones are capable of vertical takeoffs and landings in tight spaces and can transition to efficient, high-speed horizontal flight easily.
Wingcopter has a wide range of uses from commercial, factory-to-factory delivers, and even humanitarian projects. Wingcopter safely delivered insulin to an Irish island in the North Sea that is regularly cut off from the mainland due to bad weather. The startup is supported by UNICEF on the South Sea island of Vanuatu where it regularly delivers on-demand vaccines and supplies.
Tom Plümmer, Wingcopter chief executive officer and co-founder, commented on the company’s new partnership with UPS stating: “We are proud to partner with UPS, a global giant in delivery and logistics. Together we aspire to extend the speed and reach of package delivery. Our vision has always been to leverage technology to improve the lives of people around the world, and the strategic relationship with UPS will further accelerate our growth and global expansion, strengthening our role as an industry leader in drone technology.”