M2 drone system to be deployed in Tokyo’s new drone logistics project
Matternet is expanding operations to Asia through a new business partnership with Japan Airlines (JAL). The partnership is to deploy the Matternet M2 drone system in Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s new ‘drone logistics business development project’, and utilise the system to assess drone delivery opportunities in Japan. Through proof-of-concept trials, JAL will accumulate significant flight experience on Matternet’s urban drone delivery platform and work with Matternet to develop the future of the partnership’s drone delivery business.
JAL and Matternet will utilise the M2 drone system to transport prescription pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and blood units to stimulate emergency response and disaster relief scenarios. The trial programme aims to operate on a BVLOS route over a dense urban area in the heart of Tokyo, transporting items from Mediceo Corp’s East Tokyo warehouse to St. Luke’s International Hospital.
Matternet’s drone system has been operating around the world since 2017 through partnerships with Swiss Post and UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF). In Switzerland, the system is operating at Lugano’s EOC hospital and the University Hospital Zurich. In the US, operations are taking place at Wake Forest Baptist Health and WakeMed’s flagship hospital and campus in Raleigh, N.C. Matternet’s technology is also enabling UPSFF to provide drone delivery service of prescription medicines for The Villages, Florida, one of the US’s largest retirement communities. The service provides an option for seniors at higher risk for the Coronavirus infection to receive prescriptions without going to a store.