Flirtey announces drone delivery partnerships

Flirtey, an Australian startup that uses drones to deliver textbooks to customers, announced today it is partnering with a leading US University to develop a commercial drone delivery service.

The University of Nevada, Reno, a leading research centre, for Unmanned Autonomous Systems, will take an equity stake in Flirtey, one of the world’s first unmanned aerial delivery companies, as part of the deal. The partnership allows Flirtey to use the University’s R&D labs for design and manufacture and research collaboration, as well as access to the first indoor flight testing sites approved by the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems, to support Flirtey’s UAV development and growth.

Flirtey, which successfully conducted a world-first drone delivery test back in October 2013, has now conducted over 100 successful test deliveries of textbooks outdoors during its test phase in Sydney with Zookal.

“Flirtey is partnering with the University of Nevada, Reno to pioneer an industry, to develop safe UAV delivery technology and to position ourselves as a first mover when the U.S. commercial market opens up,” Matthew Sweeny, CEO of Flirtey, said.

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Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada said, “I am excited to welcome Flirtey to the Nevada family. The partnership between Flirtey and the University of Nevada, Reno demonstrates a commitment to our shared vision of building a vibrant and sustainable economy.”

Flirtey is also looking to enter its next international market – New Zealand.

“New Zealand recognises a real opportunity to be one of the first movers in the commercial UAV market and recently launched ‘airshare’, a hub for UAV information, which will allow recreational and commercial operators to log their flights online to ensure maximum safety. Flirtey is one of the first commercial operators on the system, and we have agreed to participate in testing before it goes live later in the year,” Sweeny said.

Flirtey is currently signing up beachhead clients in New Zealand wishing to offer a cutting edge customer experience to their customers, initially as a series of live trials. Flirtey is interested in partnering with companies for urgent parcel deliveries, courier services, fast food, online retail, and medical deliveries. As Flirtey’s capabilities mature and a safety record is established, operations are envisaged to expand into populated areas and beyond line of sight to usher in a new era of mass delivery.

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The Flirtey Team