by Michael Willoughby
Two Irish companies are collaborating to ensure hungry customers receive their orders at ultra high-speeds using a fleet of drones. Cubic Telecom has partnered with drone delivery company Manna to enable it to track, monitor and control its drone fleets while delivering from restaurants and centralised kitchens directly to consumers’ homes across Europe and the U.S. The announcement was made in Las Vegas at CES 2020 – the world’s biggest technology fair.
Manna’s drones, connected by Cubic Telecom will autonomously deliver customers’ meals while flying at a height of up to 80 meters and a speed up to 80km per hour, completing deliveries in less than three minutes and at a fraction of today’s rates. Cubic’s software is embedded into Manna’s drones at the manufacturing stage allowing for real-time data to be exchanged between the drone, the restaurant, and customers, thus enabling seamless communication with minimal latency at all stages of the delivery process.
Cubic’s PACE connectivity platform has successfully underpinned the global connectivity strategy of several car manufacturers and it is now embedded in millions of cars across 93 markets, enabling seamless connectivity for drivers while delivering significant supply chain economies and efficiencies for OEMs. Cubic’s technology leadership and experience in dealing with global manufacturers and regulatory agencies are now being leveraged to provide connectivity solutions to several verticals besides automotive.
Cubic Telecom CEO, Barry Napier said, “everyone is waiting for the commercial drone delivery market to take off as we all see the true potential in revolutionising the delivery services industry. Cubic’s experience in delivering proven global connectivity solutions with real-time analytics across the globe will enable Manna’s custom-developed autonomous service to reduce the cost and time of deliveries, while lessening the overall environmental impact. The team and I are looking forward to expanding into a new vertical and collaborating with the innovative team at Manna.”
Speaking at CES, CTO of Manna, Alan Hicks said “The future of last-mile delivery is an airborne one. One of the most difficult challenges in making that work at scale is reliable communications between our drone fleet and our cloud services layer. We are delighted to be partnering with Cubic for this critical component of our technology stack – bringing us one step closer to our dream of pervasive, autonomous drone delivery for the planet.”
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