DHL parcelcopter’s drone marked the first in Europe autonomous delivery, by transferring medication to the island of Juist.
For the first time worldwide, medications and other urgently needed goods will be delivered to the north sea archipelago at certain times of the day by DHL parcelcopter.
This research project represents the first and only time in Europe that a flight by an unmanned aircraft will be operated outside of the pilot’s field of vision in a real-life mission. By taking this step, DHL Parcel has moved to the next phase of the parcelcopter research project it launched in December 2013.
Jürgen Gerdes, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL’s Post – eCommerce – Parcel Division, said:
“Our DHL parcelcopter 2.0 is already one of the safest and most reliable flight systems in its class that meets the requirements needed to fulfill such a mission. We are proud that this additional service can create added value for the residents of and visitors to the island of Juist and are pleased with the support we have received from the involved communities and agencies.”