Drone Delivery Canada will soon join the drones buzzing around the air in Foremost, Alberta, after signing an agreement to expand its long-distance testing from the Waterloo region to include Transport Canada’s first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) test range.
DDC says it will be focusing mainly on Beyond Visual Line of Sight capabilities in the remote village in order to further its ambitions of commercializing its delivery services by late 2017 or early 2018. According to the Canadian Centre for Unmanned Vehicle Systems, Foremost’s geographical attributes offer a uniquely ideal location for testing, with a mixed short grass ecosystem void of trees and forest, visual flight weather 90 percent of the year and sparse population.
“We are the first drone delivery company in Canada to commence commercial testing with our recently announced customers at the Foremost Aerodrome focusing on Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) capabilities,” commented Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada in a press statement.
“This progression marks a significant milestone for us as we move closer in obtaining our compliant operator certification status to operate commercially with our customers in Canada. To this end, we are now seeing greater visibility and our customer appetite for our drone delivery logistic platform remains very strong.”
The company says it will begin testing with existing customers in the first quarter of 2017. Partnerships announced so far include Staples and Napa Auto Parts.