SkyDrop and Domino’s to launch commercial drone delivery trial in NZ

SkyDrop announced that production of the drone fleet for the commercial drone delivery trial with Domino’s is complete. SkyDrop (formerly known as Flirtey) and Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited, signed a deal to launch the second phase of drone deliveries in New Zealand. This trial with Domino’s is scheduled to launch in New Zealand in the coming months.

What is SkyDrop-Domino’s market offering like?

SkyDrop is a full-stack solutions provider of hardware, software and patents for autonomous last-mile drone delivery. SkyDrop values safety and has manufactured the drone delivery aircraft to meet SkyDrop’s robust quality assurance standards and regulatory requirements.

SkyDrop’s operational system consists of two aircraft, one ground infrastructure platform, and one autonomous control station that enables a seamless and frictionless workflow at the store location and scalable store-to-door drone delivery operations. SkyDrop’s drone delivery system enables delivery of Hot & Fresh pizza from the local Domino’s to the client’s home.

SkyDrop drones can carry a variety of Domino’s menu options, including popular choices such as: three Extra-Large Domino’s pizzas, or two Large Domino’s pizzas with one soda and one side dish. SkyDrop is currently conducting test deliveries at its facilities in Reno, NV.

Who are SkyDrop’s investors to date?

SkyDrop has raised about $40m in total investment to date, including a recent $2m new investment from existing investors Sierra Angels, McFlirtey, Melbourne Angels, and Icehouse Ventures that is focused on advancing the trial launch with Domino’s in New Zealand (NZ).

With New Zealand borders reopening, both SkyDrop and Domino’s are excited to be one step closer to offering drone delivery services. The benefit of introducing drones as a delivery method alongside cars, electric scooters and bikes is that customers can enjoy the convenience of having Hot & Fresh pizzas delivered with Zero Contact to their homes by electrically powered drones, which also reduces traffic congestion and greenhouse emissions.