TYLÖSAND, SWEDEN (October 25, 2021) – Today, Aerit carried out Sweden’s first commercial food delivery for beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) in collaboration with Region Halland with its autonomous drone Nimbi.
The delivery flight began at Hygge, a local café near Tylösand’s beach, where a newly made galette was winched into Nimbi waiting at the hover. Nimbi then ascended into the sky and flew a planned route of 2.7 km to the delivery point where the package was lowered to the ground. Jimmy Sandberg, marketing manager for Region Halland, was the recipient of the delivery.
The galette was delivered as part of a pilot project designed to explore both the technical and regulatory aspects of drone delivery under new EU-wide regulations that allow commercial drone operations. The rules came into force in January this year.
“Autonomous flying drones provide many benefits for traditional last-mile solutions including speed, durability, availability and, of course, a certain cool factor.” said Alexander Perrien, CEO of Aerit. “We work closely with Region Halland and the Swedish Transport Agency to ensure that today’s delivery marks the beginning of long-term relationships to enable the growth of drone deliveries across Sweden and the EU.”
The delivery follows the first BVLOS food delivery in Sweden which was carried out by a team of RISE researchers in 2019.
Aerit’s Nimbi delivery drones are battery-powered with a maximum load capacity of 4 kg. Nimbi has an autonomous winch system that enables both pick-up and drop-off of packages without the need for additional infrastructure. Aerit will start offering continuous delivery services at selected locations throughout Sweden in 2022.
The entire delivery and testing process was filmed for a short documentary that will be released later this year. For more information about Aerit visit https://aerit.io or follow them on Instagram @aeritdrones.
Aerit is a sustainable drone delivery service based in Stockholm, Sweden. Our mission is to democratize access to goods and services regardless of location, weather, time of day or personal ability. Our delivery platform connects companies with their customers with the help of our Nimbi drones. Nimbi can handle both collection and delivery without the need for additional infrastructure.