Terra Drone Europe team member (second from right) with members of Unilever’s ice cream delivery program, ‘Ice Cream Now’, including Unilever CEO Alan Jope (third from right)

Terra Drone Europe and the British-Dutch transnational consumer goods giant Unilever have joined forces to explore drone-delivery of ice creams in New York. In a program undertaken at Unilever’s recent annual investor event, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cups were delivered to a pre-decided destination by drone.

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

During the demonstration, a multi-copter drone was fitted with delivery box (Figure 1) designed to carry three Ben & Jerry’s mini cups (72 g each). A flight path was set beforehand to allow the drone to carry the ice cream cups inside the Unilever’s US facility.

Unilever launched Ice Cream Now, a delivery service for ice creams, in 2017. This service has already grown into a huge business worldwide. 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.

Shipping box containing Ben & Jerry’s mini cups

Yuki Ueno, Director of Terra Drone Europe, says,

“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.

Source: Press Release

UAV DACH: Beitrag im Original auf https://www.uasvision.com/2020/02/05/terra-drone-and-unilever-trial-ice-cream-delivery-in-new-york/, mit freundlicher Genehmigung von UAS Vision automatisch importiert. Der Beitrag gibt nicht unbedingt die Meinung oder Position des UAV DACH e.V. wieder. Das Original ist in englischer Sprache.