In one of our previous articles, we wrote about how drone delivery will work in the future. Big corporations such as Amazon and DHL are experimenting with drone delivery. However, there are also new start-ups coming into the space. An example of such start-up is Manna, a company that offers drone-delivery-as-a-service (DDAS). The startup has developed proprietary drones that conducts over 100 commercial deliveries everyday in Galway, Ireland. In this small town, close to 30% of its residents currently use the drone delivery service through the company's app.
Manna's drone delivery service has gained attention from investors and organisations that see a future in the business. They recently partnered with Samsung to deliver phones to customers using drones. The company confirmed that it successfully used its drone to deliver a Samsung Galaxy phone to its first consumer. The CTO of Manna, Alan Hicks said “this partnership with Samsung marks the first of its kind in the world. To date, we have been working with Tesco and local businesses to deliver grocery, hot food, books and pharmacy items, to people in the area”. See the video below to understand how a Manna drone delivery works.
To deliver their products, Manna make use of aerospace grade drones that fly at a speed of over 37 miles per hour, making it possible for delivery to customers in Oranmore within three minutes. Manna's CEO Bobby Healy said “Drone delivery is just about getting things around. It could be a phone, a pint of ice cream, or a pint of blood, we don’t care.” Manna plans to roll out its drone delivery service across Ireland within the next 18 months.
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