DPD launches drone terminals in France

Wednesday 29 July 2015 13:16 CET | News

DPD, a logistics company, has recently launched special drone terminals in France to assail the booming deliveries industry, mainly stirred by ecommerce growth.

DPD has already been testing more than a year with drone deliveries and did a test in September, 2015, where a drone flew 1200 kilometer with a package of 2 kilograms. Since then, drones are already twice as strong so the weight of packages is probably soon to be no longer any issue.

Drones seem slower than road vehicles, currently with an average speed of about 30 kilometers per hour, but with the amount of package stations that larger delivery companies already have, DPD for example has more than 16,000 pickup parcelshops in Europe, hourly deliveries would probably already be possible if the drone starts to fly as soon as the order is made.

DPD has been experimenting with special terminals where the drone gets automatically connected with the right package so the entire proces can be done automatically. DPD sees the terminals as the next milestone in package deliveries by drones. Because of the terminals, It provides a solution to the standing concern of ensuring the safety of using and maintaining the drones as well the parcel loading/unloading operations by an operator, and the flying machines are equipped with a GPS system, camera and are able to collect or store data.

The terminals are a cooperation of DPD and Atechsys and the centre for studying and testing autonomous vehicles (CEEMA). Atechsys was founded on the idea that each application will require a specific drone and the company can build the drones itself. CEEMA is a civil drone testing centre in Europe. Founded in 2008, this platform boasts a reserved flight area for testing drones weighing up to 150 kilograms.

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