Qatari companies plan last-mile drone, ground delivery services in Rotterdam

Innovation Quarter (https://www.innovationquarter.nl/en/news/straks-autonome-pakketbezorging-over-fietspad-en-door-de-lucht-deze-qatarese-bedrijven-kozen-rotterdam-om-hun-innovatie-waar-te-maken/) reports that two Qatari companies have developed a joint venture Geeba to develop ground and drone package delivery services in Rotterdam. Airlift provides the autonomous surface vehicles, N-GON supplies the drones for transport through the air, and Geeba develops the blockchain technology that will connect all the autonomous vehicles through an online platform.

The ground vehicles are expected to have a radius of 35 kilometers with a speed of 25 km/h and a maximum cargo load of 40 kg.

Airlift is aiming to deploy more than 100 of its robots and smart hubs within the next nine months.

According to the latest business plan (https://geeba.io/) the company will start road testing in the second quarter of 2019 with pilot retailers in the city of Delft and Rotterdam.

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