New JV firm eyes Dubai drone delivery service by 2018
Dubai, US companies announce partnership to target the logistics and delivery industry
A new technology company has been formed in Dubai to produce drones to delivery packages under 5kg across the emirate.
Dubai-based Eniverse Technologies has teamed up with Skycart, a San Francisco-based drones company to create Space Autonomous Drones which will target the logistics and delivery industry.
Space Autonomous Drones is currently seeking legal approval from the Dubai Government, with an official launch date forecast to take place between 2018 and 2019.
While the traditional shipping and delivery service sector remains a growth industry, Space Autonomous Drones said it aims to strike collaborations with companies such as Emirates Post, Souq, DHL, Amazon, UPS, Aramex and Alibaba group.
The company said in a statement that it will offer smart drones shipping solutions with cost savings and faster delivery times.
According to a new report has been released by Strategy&, part of PWC, the market for drones and drone technology in the Gulf is expected to reach $1.5bn by 2022.
Once officially launched, the new technology used by Space Autonomous Drones will customers to ship goods and products weighing 5kg or less to locations across Dubai.
During its soft launch phase, the company will be operating within specific areas, including Emirates Hills, The Meadows, The Springs, The Greens, Jumeirah and Umm Suqaim, it said.
"At Eniverse Technologies we are always on the look out for innovative and unique projects. We spotted the great potential of Autonomous Drones technologies, particularly in relation to the Middle East," said Mohammed Johmani, CEO of Eniverse Technologies and founder of Space Autonomous Drones.
"Working hand in hand with Skycart, we feel very optimistic about the company's future, because we will provide unique services that will enhance the experience of all Dubai residents."
The autonomous, self-flying drones operated by Space Autonomous Drones will be run on cutting-edge technology through a mobile application that enable businesses to manage and track their orders.
Johmani said they will drastically cut down delivery times, with operations taking place 24/7, 365 days of the year, with a self steering and controlling technology and without a need for any human intervention.
"We look forward to starting our operations in Dubai, and the modernity and diversity of the city's landscape is a great advantage for us. We will be utilizing our considerable experience in the drones industry to provide a one-of-a-kind service that suits this one-of-a-kind city," said Lukas Wrede, founder & CEO of Skycart.