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Aramex tests drone and robot delivery service in UAE

Aramex tests drone and robot delivery service in UAE

Aramex, the world’s leading logistics provider, has announced the successful testing of its drone and roadside robot deliveries in Dubai. This is part of the company’s “Future Delivery Initiative,” which aims to enhance last-mile logistics using smart transport solutions for faster, more sustainable and cost-effective deliveries.

The initial tests were conducted at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in partnership with BARQ EV, the UAE’s leading provider of commercial drone delivery services, and Kiwibot, a Columbia-based company specializing in delivery robotics.

The tests were carried out with the support of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSO), Dubai Future Foundation and Dubai Smart City.

remote distance

Aramex utilizes the drone delivery technology provided by BARQ EV, which is capable of multiple consecutive flights over long distances and in different environments. Equipped with multi-directional sensors and a reliable fleet management system, these drones enable Aramex to achieve high precision in order placement, dispatch management, drone flight routing and delivery.

In addition, Kiwibot’s self-driving ground vehicles use a combination of high-tech sensors, cameras, radar and artificial intelligence to navigate their surroundings and obstacles. It also uses an advanced GPS navigation system to generate a virtual map, establish multiple routes, and change routes based on delays or obstacles.

Alaa Saoudi, COO, Aramex Express, said: “The expansion of our Future Delivery program in the UAE is a testament to our efforts to be at the forefront of last mile delivery logistics and create more value for our customers by delivering faster, faster A safer, greener way to deliver packages.

emission-free vehicles

“Importantly, it also enables Aramex to further contribute to the UAE’s sustainable development goals as we embark on our mission to convert our fleet to emission-free vehicles and achieve our goal of a carbon-neutral climate by 2030 Commitment. We are excited about the next chapter of planning and further expanding this service to reach more customers.”

Angad Singh, Global Director of Innovation at Aramex, said: “The introduction of robot and drone delivery for the first time in the UAE coincides with the growing demand from customers for fast and reliable delivery services. Through this test, we hope to establish an integrated ecosystem of innovative products, Ultimately providing more convenience to our customers.

“So, in addition to our autonomous delivery vans, we’ve also launched mobile export trucks that allow us to operate drones and robots and provide pickup points anywhere close to our customers. As we advance our sustainability initiatives to reduce carbon footprint and contribute to global efforts to combat climate change, we look forward to implementing drone and robot deliveries in the UAE and beyond.”

Test flight scene

Ahmed Al Mazrui, CEO of BARQ EV, said: “As one of the first commercial drone operators in the UAE to offer drone delivery services, BARQ EV provided Aramex with all test flight scenarios in the UAE. We believe in the partnership with Aramex It will be a great first step in expanding drone delivery services in the UAE logistics industry.”

Felipe Chávez, CEO and co-founder of Kiwibot, said: “This partnership between Aramex and Kiwibot reveals a shared vision to shape greener cities. We are committed to a zero-carbon future, seeking to improve last-mile delivery and the shipping industry. Sustainability. This pilot shows that Kiwibot is more than just a delivery service, it is efficient operations, an exceptional experience and harmonious mobility.”

Dr. Yousef Al Assaf, President of RIT Dubai, said: “As RIT Dubai is building a Center for Energy and Sustainability, a Smart City, and a Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, our partnership with Aramex will realize the vision of these centers. This partnership enables students And the opportunity for faculty and staff to engage with leading organizations and prepare them for the future will hopefully help create new businesses that can diversify and grow the economy.”

The initiative follows Aramex’s successful testing of autonomous drone deliveries in Muscat, Oman. Aramex plans to expand its drone and robotic delivery testing in the Middle East and Africa region, as well as other core markets where it operates. — trade arab news agency

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