Zipline, a California-based automated logistics company, has expanded its global operations with the introduction of a new UAV system, which it claims is the ‘world’s fastest delivery drone’.
The organisation’s new UAV, which weighs 20kg (44lb) and can carry 1.75kg of cargo, is capable of making approximately 500 deliveries per day and can drop its delivery to an area about the size of two parking spaces.
The organisation, which delivers life-saving medical supplies and blood in Rwanda and Tanzania, has also applied to take part in a trial being organised by the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).
According to the BBC, Keller Rinaudo, Zipline’s chief executive, said the Silicon Valley firm had redesigned its entire system, including its distribution centres.
“The new aircraft and distribution centre system we’re unveiling today will help Zipline scale to meet the needs of countries around the world – including the United States,” he commented.
Zipline provides and operate more than 100 drones that will make up to 2,000 life-saving deliveries per day to over 1,000 health facilities across Tanzania.