Middle-mile cargo drone developer and operator Dronamics has signed a partnership agreement with logistics company DHL to develop a drone delivery service.
The collaboration aims to create a same-day cargo drone delivery service using Dronamics’ drone delivery network and Black Swan drones. Both companies are discussing mutual exclusivity for middle-mile drone deliveries in selected industries and markets.
As part of the agreement, Dronamics will provide equipment and expertise to operate the unmanned drone flights, employing staff in handling and technical roles.
“Innovation is a key part of DHL’s DNA. We are constantly exploring new technologies to bring value to our customers, and we believe that cargo drones will be an element in the next generation of transportation in logistics,” said Matthias Heutger, senior vice president, global head of innovation & commercial development at DHL.
Furthermore, Dronamics is working to become carbon-negative by 2027, while DHL aim to operate on sustainable biofuels in the future to achieve its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
Svilen Rangelov, CEO of Dronamics, added: “Dronamics is a pioneer and leader in the field of cargo drones and our collaboration will help to open up opportunities for urgent, sensitive and time-critical deliveries. We are excited to pilot the use of the Black Swan in customer operations in the near future.
“We are incredibly excited that Dronamics has been selected by DHL, the world’s largest logistics provider as their first middle-mile drone partner, with a partnership that provides mutual exclusivity in selected industries and markets. This partnership has the potential to generate €1.86bn to Dronamics’ revenues annually, with plans underway to build and operate over 4,000 cargo drones to support the partnership in the coming years.”
The first commercial flights of the same-day drone cargo services are expected to begin in 2022.