Terra Drone and Unilever test drone delivery service

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Terra Drone Europe, an industrial drone solutions company, and British-Dutch transnational consumer goods organisation Unilever, are exploring drone-delivery of ice creams in New York.

In a programme undertaken at Unilever’s recent annual investor event, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cups were delivered to a pre-determined destination by drone.

The demo was conducted as part of Unilever’s ice cream delivery service, ‘Ice Cream Now’, which was launched in 2017.

During the demonstration, a multi-copter drone was fitted with a delivery box designed to carry three 72g Ben & Jerry’s mini cups.

A multi-copter drone was fitted with a delivery box designed to carry three Ben & Jerry’s mini cups

A flight path was set beforehand to allow the drone to carry the ice cream cups inside Unilever’s US facility.

With regulations around future drone flights expected to become more flexible, the consumer goods company is preparing for a drone logistics service that will deliver products to more customers faster.

Yuki Ueno, Director of Terra Drone Europe, said: “We want to solve serious problems in the logistics field, such as carbon dioxide emissions, with drones.

“As deregulation progresses worldwide, drone delivery services will also increase.”

Terra Drone and Unilever will continue to cooperate in the field of logistics services.

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