Successful Silicon Valley drone startup Matternet doesn’t have the name-brand recognition (or deep pockets) of tech titans like Google [fortune-stock symbol=”GOOG”] or Amazon [fortune-stock symbol=”AMZN”]. But while those companies have in recent months dominated the public conversation about using drones, Matternet has quietly deployed its own delivery drone technology in real-world scenarios in some of the world’s hardest-to-reach areas.
Now, Matternet is making two simultaneous and significant leaps forward. While Amazon continues to tangle with the FAA over drone regulations in the U.S., Matternet is preparing to launch a pilot program in Switzerland where it will provide drone delivery services. The startup also recently announced that it will release the first commercial version of its technology, a $5,000 transport drone called the Matternet ONE.
“From the get-go, our mission has been to figure out the technology that will let people do the transport themselves,” says Matternet CEO Andreas Raptopoulos. The…
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