Aerit, ICAx and RISE join forces for a pilot drone delivery project in the archipelago of the municipality of Norrtälje – sUAS News

Today, Aerit announces that it will pilot drone delivery services in the Swedish archipelago in collaboration with ICAx, the RISE research institutes in Sweden and the municipality of Norrtälje. The announcement follows the selection of the project for funding by the Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova through the call “Drones in the service of the climate for autumn 2021”.

The one-year project brings together players from business, research, innovation and government to study the benefits of drones in last mile transport and accelerate the implementation of climate neutral logistics.

“Drone delivery has the potential to reduce emissions from last mile logistics. With reduced delivery times, it also helps improve the quality and accessibility of services in rural areas, which could foster behavioral changes towards a climate neutral society. We will conduct, through the project, research to generate information on the potential of the solution to create societal benefits. said Lei Chen, principal investigator at RISE who is leading the project.

“We are very excited to participate in this pilot study with Peter Horwitz, the owner of the ICA Nära Gräddö SkärgÃ¥rdshandel store, and all the pilot partners. Of course, drone delivery is a rapidly developing area, and we think now is the time to start exploring. »Said Emma Lindahl, co-head of ICAx, the innovation hub of ICA Gruppen. “The study aligns very well with some of our strategic ambitions and our wishes to make our customers’ daily lives a little easier with sustainable transport solutions.

The municipality of Norrtälje has many islands and large rural areas providing an excellent arena for piloting drone delivery.

“The municipality of Norrtälje is delighted to work with this innovative project. We see multiple opportunities for all businesses and residents of the archipelago, the countryside and our city centers. We believe that this project has a great potential for positive impact both environmental and economic. Said Daniel Klemserud, Director of Business Development, Municipality of Norrtälje.

The project builds on Aerit’s drone delivery platform which aims to provide on-demand access to an autonomous aerial courier network in the near future.

“We are very excited about this project in collaboration with some of the main Swedish institutions. Said Alexander Perrien, CEO of Aerit. “We hope to show that Aerit can improve the lives of people in the areas covered by our services, offset the climate impact of last mile delivery overall and, of course, make things more convenient for all people. involved. “

Since the company was founded in January 2021, Aerit’s milestones include regulatory approval for operations under EASA SORA and the successful completion of the first commercial food delivery by drone to Sweden in October. 2021. Aerit plans to launch continuous delivery services in parts of Sweden. in 2022.

About Aerit

Aerit is a sustainable drone delivery service based in Stockholm, Sweden. Aerit’s Nimbi delivery drones are battery powered with a maximum payload capacity of 4 kg. Nimbi has a self-contained winch system that allows both the pickup and drop-off of packages without the need for additional infrastructure. Aerit’s mission is to democratize access to goods and services regardless of location, weather, time of day or personal abilities.

About RISE

RISE is Sweden’s research institute and innovation partner. Through our international collaboration programs with industry, academia and the public sector, we ensure the competitiveness of the Swedish business community internationally and contribute to a sustainable society. Our 2,800 employees are committed to and support all types of innovation process. RISE is an independent, state-owned research institute that offers unique expertise and more than 100 testbeds and demonstration environments for future-proof technologies, products and services.

About ICAx

ICAx was launched in 2017 and its mission is to identify and analyze new business and innovation opportunities that can help meet customer needs. ICAx conducts research and analysis on global technology development and strengthens ICA’s understanding of customer needs for innovative new services.

About the municipality of Norrtälje

The municipality of Norrtälje is located in Stockholm County and has a population of just over 64,000. The area is 2,011 square kilometers, which covers a third of Stockholm County. With wide coverage of rural areas and the archipelago, the municipality of Norrtälje is challenged to provide equal services to citizens and is exploring new sustainable solutions such as drone delivery.

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