Toronto-based Drone Delivery Canada announced a new business strategy, committing to focus on eight new “business vertical sectors.”
In a company release, DDC stated it would pursue new UAV strategies in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, oil-and-gas, mining, agriculture, forestry, construction and courier services.
The company had already moved ahead with a solid drone delivery future in 2017 when Canadian regulators accepted DDC’s Declaration of Compliance for the X1000 Sparrow cargo delivery drone.
DDC built its reputation on providing UAV infrastructure to remote areas of Canada as part of a Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) Pilot Project. The Sparrow X1000 cargo drone and DDC’s proprietary FLYTE management system can be used for the transportation of medical supplies, food, automotive parts and general parcels.
Michael Zahra VP of Operations and Strategy explains:
“The opportunities in front of us are not only with the many Canadian First Nations & Inuit remote communities, but also with a broad range of government, commercial and industrial applications globally. We are also seeing an increase in traction with our international customers globally as our drone delivery system continues to be validated globally. Our proven system is seen as a commercially viable delivery infrastructure solution to companies looking to reduce costs and dramatically improve logistics.”
In February, DDC unveiled its largest and longest-range drone, the Condor. Under development over the past year, the single-rotor vehicle offers a payload of 400 pounds and can travel up to 124 miles on a tank of gas.
Last year, DDC announced a partnership with Toyota Tsusho Canada – a subsidiary of the well-known Toyota Group. The effort will see TTCI participate with DDC’s commercial pilot program in Canada for flight testing and development of international markets for drone delivery.