DDC-Website-Logo-288Drone Delivery Canada is pleased to announce it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Vaughan and its Vaughan International Commercialization Centre (VICC) whereby to develop a drone delivery service in the form of a pilot program for the City’s local businesses network, believed to be the first of its kind in Canada.

“We are delighted to work with the City of Vaughan and to be recognized as industry leaders in Drone Delivery Technology. The City of Vaughan is pioneering this opportunity with us as we collaboratively move from a concept to a reality employing the highest standards Canadian technology offers,” commented Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada. “We will look to develop and build, and when ready and able, implement a fleet of delivery drones within the central business district in the City of Vaughan that will deliver mail, books, and parcels, in a clean, green, environmental friendly way. We see this happening with regulations in place sometime as early as 2018, if not sooner.”

Vaughan and DDC will facilitate opportunities for testing DDC’s drone delivery technology platform by exploring connections to resources and networks that may help DDC commercialize its services under the “VICC” Test City
pilot program.

The Test City program creates opportunities for entrepreneurs to test, demonstrate, and prove their products in Canada.  Qualified VICC members will have an opportunity to demonstrate their utilities, healthcare, and environmental/green technologies in real-life settings across Vaughan, working with companies within the VICC Test City Network, including PowerStream, and the Kortright Centre/Innovation Park.

Thanks to Canadian reader Doug M for this one. This will be an interesting project to watch. Vaughan, population 325,000, is one of the  fastest growing cities in the region and seemingly one of the more progressive ones as well.  Have to wonder if operating in the Ontario winter may provide some challenges to the fleet.
This is exactly the kind of story that causes all the handwringing about the US falling behind due to the FAA’s delays in getting rules in place. That said, it is one thing to implement a pilot in a city of 325,000, and another to make it work in LA.

read more at dronedeliverycanada.com

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