MENLO PARK, CA: Matternet, a provider of autonomous drone logistics systems for small, urgent deliveries, has appointed former Swiss WorldCargo chief cargo officer Oliver Evans as its head of global business development.
Matternet says it wants to become the market leader for specialized on-demand drone logistics, focusing on opportunities in central Europe and the USA for last-mile healthcare deliveries and humanitarian aid.
In July this year, Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo and Matternet began testing the commercial use of logistics drones with a one-kilo lift capability. The move followed similar proof-of-concept announcements by Google, Deutsche Post/DHL and Amazon Prime Air.
Commenting on the appointment of Evans, Matternet CEO Andreas Raptopoulos said: "Oliver is one of the most recognized leaders in global air logistics. His visionary thinking, vast industry experience and track record in executing sharply focused go-to-market strategies is a huge asset to Matternet."
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has already issued an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) airworthiness certificate to Amazon Logistics to test outdoor drone operations at heights of 400 feet or less. The exemption is for two years.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) says within a decade of commercial UAS integration into America's airspace system, the nascent industry will generate US$82 billion annually and provide more than 100,000 new high-paying jobs.