In a week-long trial, the products of Lauttiksen Apteekki pharmacy, located in Lauttasaari area, will be flown by drone to Jätkäsaari area. The pharmacy products ordered by the customer are packed in temperature-controlled packaging.
The aim of the pilot is to gather experiences on the suitability of drones for the transport of pharmacy products and to test a new service concept with customers. Electric drones have the potential to reduce emissions of the traditional logistics industry. Other advantages of drones are speed and the ability to make deliveries to locations where there are few services on their own or which are difficult to access, such as islands.
The pilot is part of Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab project, which is coordinated by the City of Helsinki and Forum Virium Helsinki. The goal of the project is to help companies pilot new services and technologies in a real urban environment. Forum Virium Helsinki currently has several parallel projects underway to test drone transports. The projects explore, for example, how drones can be used to help with health care needs. The City of Helsinki will receive information from the experiments on how to prepare for the growth of drone operations in urban planning and what kind of role cities will play as an operating environment for unmanned and manned aerial vehicles in the future.
Quick delivery from the pharmacy to the customer
Lauttiksen Apteekki pharmacy sees new possibilities in drone deliveries, as they enable the customer to be reached quickly, at anytime and without the customer having to go to the pharmacy to do business.