Zipline Reveals New Home Delivery Platform
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
Zipline has revealed its new Platform 2 (P2) home delivery system, designed to quietly complete deliveries up to 7 times as fast as traditional automobile delivery.
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Over the last several years, Zipline has been developing P2 to offer an optimal customer experience at scale. Zipline’s drones (Zips) fly over 300 feet above ground and are almost inaudible. When the Zip arrives at its destination, its fully autonomous delivery droid maneuvers down a tether to gently and accurately drop off its package.
Various healthcare and restaurant businesses have already signed on to use Zipline’s new platform. Sweetgreen is partnering with Zipline, enabling customers to receive their orders using 97% less energy than traditional automotive methods.
“The future of delivery is faster, more sustainable and creates broader access, all of which provides improved value for our customers,” said Sweetgreen CEO and Co-Founder Jonathan Neman. “We couldn’t be more excited to work with Zipline to complement our delivery strategy. Zipline’s sustainable technology and ability to reach customers quickly, with a great delivery experience, will help us give our customers what they want, when they want it.”
Michigan Medicine will use the service to more than double its number of prescriptions filled annually through its in-house pharmacy. Intermountain Health will leverage the service to deliver prescriptions to patients’ homes in the Salt Lake City metro area, and MultiCare Health System intends to use it to hasten diagnostics and deliver prescriptions and medical devices through its network of facilities.
“By deploying Zipline we are able to make deliveries faster than ever before, saving time for both patients and our medical workers, enabling faster, affordable, pharmacy care that leads to better patient outcomes,” said Marshal S. Runge, MD, Ph. D., CEO of Michigan Medicine, dean of the UM Medical School and executive vice president of medical affairs for the University of Michigan. “We are always looking for innovative, sustainable improvements to serve our patients. We’re thrilled to soon provide the next frontier of care to our patients with Zipline.”
Additionally, the Government of Rwanda will use the service to allow for urban aerial last-mile delivery to homes, hotels and health facilities in Kigali and elsewhere in the country.
“Zipline and Rwanda is a case in point of transformation, of economic prosperity that changes people’s lives for the better,” said President of Rwanda Paul Kagame.
Zipline’s end-to-end solution integrates with a business’s current operations, including its dual-use docking and charging hardware, able to be attached to any building or set up as a freestanding structure. Employees can easily load a Zip to send off orders in seconds right from their location. Customers can order on-demand or schedule the exact arrival time of their package.
Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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