Drone startup launches grocery delivery in Germany.

Drone startup launches grocery delivery in Germany.

Wingcopter Launches Drone and Electric Cargo-Bike Delivery Project in Central Germany

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German startup Wingcopter has taken the initiative to bring everyday consumer goods to remote rural areas in central Germany. In an exciting collaboration with the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Frankfurt UAS), Wingcopter has launched the Drone-Cargo Bike Express Delivery (DroLEx) project. This ambitious endeavor aims to provide an environmentally friendly and efficient delivery service that meets the needs of populations residing in these areas. The pilot project, affectionately dubbed “LieferMichel” (Delivery Michel), has kicked off in Michelstadt, Hesse, enabling customers to conveniently order groceries and everyday goods through a dedicated website.

Similar to traditional grocery delivery services, customers can select a time slot that suits them best. Autonomous Wingcopter drones will transport the non-perishable products from a local supermarket, currently REWE, to a designated drop-off point just outside the villages. From there, the final leg of the journey will be completed by cargo-bikes from e-bike producer Riese & Müller, manned by dedicated delivery personnel. The availability of non-perishable items from local retailers will be expanded as the project progresses and proves successful.

“We are really proud to pilot LieferMichel, the first drone delivery service for groceries and everyday goods in Germany,” said Tom Plümmer, CEO of Wingcopter. “Our biggest goal is to gain experience and evaluate, together with the residents, an environmentally friendly and efficient service that creates real added value for the population in rural areas.”

Wingcopter’s latest drone, the Wingcopter 198, is equipped with patented tilt-rotor technology, allowing it to brave strong winds and rain without any issues. Boasting a payload capacity of up to 5kg, a range of up to 110km, and wind resistance of 15m/s (with gusts of 20m/s), it offers robust performance. Additionally, the drone features a redundant system architecture with dual airspeed sensors, dual heading and positioning systems, and dual flight controllers.

While the project aims to address the essential need for grocery delivery in remote rural areas, it also possesses immense potential for various other use cases. Wingcopter’s drones have already been deployed for medical delivery to distant islands in Vanuatu and Ireland, volcanic inspections in Italy, and infrastructure assessments in Norway, among other ventures. This diverse application of the technology showcases its versatility and effectiveness in fulfilling critical tasks.

The significance of zero-emission delivery options cannot be overstated, particularly for the survival and growth of remote rural areas. The LieferMichel initiative, powered by Wingcopter and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport, exemplifies the commitment to innovative air mobility solutions. The pilot project is part of the broader “Innovative Air Mobility” funding directive, which has allocated an impressive €430,000 for its realization. Running until the end of 2023, LieferMichel will provide invaluable insights and experiences necessary for the continued development of efficient and eco-friendly delivery services.

As we eagerly await the results of this groundbreaking project, it is evident that Wingcopter has established itself as a key player in the delivery drone industry. With backing from prominent entities like the European Investment Bank, REWE Group, and Salvia, Wingcopter continues to push the boundaries of drone technology. Their successful track record, coupled with the versatility of their drones, positions them as leaders in the field. Watch the video below to catch a glimpse of Wingcopter’s drones in action, against the beautiful rural backdrop of Germany.

Watch Wingcopter’s drones in action

In conclusion, Wingcopter’s partnership with the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and the launch of the LieferMichel project herald a new era of delivery services in central Germany. By utilizing fully autonomous drones and electric cargo-bikes, Wingcopter aims to revolutionize the way goods are transported and delivered, ensuring that even the most remote areas have access to everyday essentials. This visionary project not only addresses immediate consumer needs but also showcases the potential for drone technology to transform numerous industries and provide innovative solutions to complex logistical challenges.