Argus has revealed that Volans-i has become the first drone delivery company to be awarded the Argus Gold Unmanned Operator rating.
The California-based drone delivery business specialises in building and operating long-range, high-payload drones for commercial, defence and humanitarian applications.
Argus president and CEO, Joseph Moeggenberg, said: “Volans-i has an incredible model to meet the expanding market for autonomous on-demand drone delivery and it will be fascinating to both watch and support their mission as they grow.
“It is easy to overlook safety in rapidly evolving industries such as this one. Taking an active role in managing risk by participating in the Argus Unmanned Rating program and incorporating industry best practices into their growth plans, Volans-i has demonstrated that safety to them is not only a concern but a priority.”
The Argus Unmanned Audit Standard, the first of its kind, attempts to provide unbiased, factual and relevant data to consumers by assessing the safety of UAS operators.
To be awarded an Argus Unmanned Gold Rating, operators must meet numerous requirements including pilot background checks, UAS operational policies and in-depth historical safety analysis.
Volans-i CEO and co-founder, Hannan Parvizian, said: “We were drawn to Argus’s rating system because of their high standards for safety protocols and the accountability a third-party evaluation sets. It is a testament to the hard work of our team and the processes and procedures we have in place to receive this rating.
“We take a layered approach to safety that starts at the initial design of our UAVs and continues through every aspect of our training programs, operations, and feedback loops. Our work will only be successful if we, and the entire drone delivery industry, commit to achieving the highest standards of safety.”