Mercedes-Benz Vans has successfully conducted more than 100 combined drone-van retail delivery flights in Zurich and is now planning additional services in the city in 2018. The trial was conducted together with drone logistics firm Matternet and Swiss e-commerce outfit siroop between 25 September and 13 October.
The initiative saw around 50 consumers placing orders with siroop for same-day delivery. The drones flew to four fixed points in Zurich, landing on the roofs of adapted Mercedes-Benz Vito vans, with the latter completing the last mile by road.
"We are convinced that the project will evolve rapidly,” says Stefan Maurer, head of future transportation at Mercedes-Benz Vans. “We see great potential for our solution and intend to expand it to include further areas of application.”