VIDEO: DHL channels James Bond with new drone system
The global express logistics company DHL has launched a new video featuring its advanced Parcelcopter 3.0, a tilt-rotor drone that looks remarkably like a miniaturised V-22 Osprey.
The drone is designed to carry a 2kg package and is capable of vertical take-off and landing and straight-ahead, fixed-wing flight at up to 70 kilometers per hour.
This video comes just weeks after Amazon launched its own video introducing its new drone delivery system, which aims to get retail purchases to the end-user on the same day the order is made.
DHL’s drone is intended to get medicines and other time-sensitive goods to remote areas initially.
Watch the video below.
The express logistics giant completed a three-month trial to test the system in real-world conditions around the Bavarian village of Reit im Winkl.
According to DHL, a total of 130 sorties were flown successfully over distances of up to 8 kilometers away, with the little yellow aircraft navigating mountainous and sometimes snowy terrain.
The drone comes with a world-class Packstation and Skyport launch facility that looks like it would be right at home in a James Bond or Jason Bourne film.
The entirely automated parcel loading and unloading system inside the Skyport launchers is the future of express logistics, according to DHL.