Dubai-based Eniverse Technologies has teamed up with Skycart, a San Francisco-based drones company to carry out drone deliver services in the US, and has plans to roll this out in the UAE as well.
The service will revolutionise the way food and other home deliveries are done, according to a press release announcing the partnership, offering customers the opportunity to place their orders - grocery items, food or spare parts - and have them delivered to their home within minutes via a self-flying drone.
The company plans to deploy self-flying drones that can deliver packages weighing no more than five kilos to customers’ homes across the UAE.
The service is scheduled to launch in Dubai initially, any time between 2018 and 2019, and will serve select communities in the city before being expanded.
These communities are villa-dominated and include Emirates Hills, The Meadows, The Springs, The Greens, Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim. The logistics of drone deliveries to customers living in apartment blocks remains problematic.
The service is to be operated by Space Autonomous Drones, which says it will approach companies in the logistics, shipping and e-commerce industries, such as Emirates Post, Souq, DHL, Amazon, UPS, Aramex and Alibab Group.
“[The company] will introduce one of the world’s most advanced, sophisticated technologies to the skies above the UAE, which will lead to an outstanding transformation in the logistics and delivery industry,” it said in a statement.
Space Autonomous Drones is seeking to tap into the growing market for drones and drone technology in the Gulf which is expected to reach $1.5 billion by 2022 according to Strategy&, part of PWC.
The market will also be driven primarily by oil and gas utilities, which are forecast to take a 43 per cent and 32 per cent share of the market, respectively.
Space Autonomous Drones is currently awaiting legal approval from the Dubai Government to start its operations.
See the video below for a demonstration of how it will work: