UPS has chosen to partner with Wingcopter to develop a new delivery drone that it hopes will soon be in widespread use across the US.
German Wingcopter will develop the new package delivery drones, a part of UPS subsidiary UPS Flight Forward, for a variety of uses in the US and internationally.
This is the first UPSFF partnership since it was formed. The next step is to work towards certification for the project.
Wingcopter’s drones use a vertical takeoff and landing technology that allows them to work in tighter urban spaces than most drones.
“Drone delivery is not a one-size-fits-all operation,” said Bala Ganesh, vice president of the UPS Advanced Technology Group. “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.”
Meanwhile, Wingcopter CEO and co-founder Tom Plümmer added: “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.”