In Ireland, Samsung Electronics has partnered with Manna Drone Delivery to set up a drone delivery service, report our colleagues from ZDNet.
Samsung takes off
Thanks to this partnership between Samsung Electronics and Manna Drone Delivery, some Irish customers of the South Korean manufacturer will have the chance to see their orders delivered by drones. Flying on average at 60 km / h and at an altitude of between 50 and 80 meters, the latter will take about 3 minutes to reach their recipients. However, certain conditions will still have to be met to qualify for this drone delivery service.
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First of all, the client will have to live in the city of Oranmore in County Galway, as it is the only one to be served at the moment. Then, the customer will have to buy one of the latest devices in the Galaxy range, directly from Samsung’s Irish site. Eligible models include the S21 Ultra, Galaxy Buds Pro, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Watch 3, and Galaxy A Series.
Extremely precise conditions, but that’s pretty normal. The implementation of this drone delivery service is a world first for Samsung, and the South Korean manufacturer is therefore cautious in taking small steps. However, he has already confirmed that he wants to extend his drone delivery service to the whole country, without giving a precise date for its deployment on a larger scale.
In a press release, Samsung explained: “Superior customer experience is at the heart of our business and, with this new service, we are embracing what we believe will be the future of retail. In the current context, there is no better time to offer a contactless alternative to “click and collect” and we are really delighted to partner with Manna to make it happen ”.
Drone deliveries, a goal for many companies
Samsung isn’t the only company interested in drone delivery, far from it. Many firms before it have already tested similar services, starting with Uber Eats which, in 2019, already unveiled the prototype of its delivery drone. A year later, Amazon received the go-ahead from the FAA to deploy its own delivery drones as part of its Prime Air service.
An authorization which was also obtained by Wing and by UPS. The postal company also began delivering drugs by drone in 2019. A year later, Walmart signed a partnership with Zipline to also deliver medical products by drone. A few months before, it was the San Diego hospital which set up a similar service.