Are you tired for waiting days or weeks for your parcel? AirAsia Digital is currently partnering with the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) to launch the Urban Drone Delivery Sandbox.
The project is current on pilot runs with AirAsia’s e-commerce platforms and is set to be carried out through a six-month phased approach at the third National Technology and Innovation Sandbox (NTIS) test site in Cyberjaya. The drones which were on pilot runs where currently supplied by two local drone operators, VStream Revolution Sdn Bhd and Meraque Services Sdn Bhd.
MaGIC and AirAsia Digital will be assessing the capability, experience, approval process, deployment readiness and service expansion of the drone operators in the first phase of the project. Once the trail phase is deemed to be successful, the project will be expanded to beyond the sandbox environment.
NTIS will be working closely with the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) to ensure that the safety and security of Unmanned Air Services (UAS) in urban settings meets existing requirements and regulations as public safety remains the utmost priority and it should not be compromised even when facilitating for technology advancement.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin also states that NTIS will be welcoming other drone tech startups to scale up by connecting them with regulators, telcos and other ecosystem players.
“The pandemic has presented us the opportunity to accelerate structural changes to the economy, in terms of digitisation, digitalisation, automation and robotics, and we must embrace that change to vault Malaysia towards becoming an innovation-driven economy.” Minister Khairy Jamaluddin added.
Minister Khairy Jamaluddin notes that DroneTech Industry is expected to generate US$127bil (RM517 billion) by 2025, where the global market size for drone package delivery itself is USD 642.4 million (RM2.6 billion), and is expected to reach USD 7.3 billion (RM29.7 billion) in 2027.
He believes that the partnership with AirAsia and MaGIC will speed things up and begin the nation’s urban drone delivery revolution. He is of the opinion that the drone delivery service can be expanded and scaled up beyond e-commerce, such as the delivery of essential or medical supplies to areas that are rural, remote, or affected by natural disasters.