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Press Release

Bonn 10/20/2016

And the German Mobility Prize goes to... the DHL parcelcopter

DHL Article
Private customers in Reit im Winkl and up on the Winklmoosalm plateau were invited to test out the specially developed Packstations, dubbed the Parcelcopter Skyport.
  • The DHL research project was recognized for the systematic further development and successful integration of the parcelcopter concept into parcel delivery logistics processes
  • Of the 350 submissions, just 10 projects were awarded a prize
Yesterday evening, the German Mobility Prize (“Deutscher Mobilitätspreis”) was conferred upon the DHL Parcelcopter research project as it was recognized as one of the ten most outstanding digital innovations for intelligent mobility by the “Deutschland – Land der Ideen” (Germany – land of ideas) initiative and the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

Headed by Dorothee Bär, Member of the German Bundestag and Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the 16-strong jury of experts whittled down the 350 competing submissions to a select group of ten prize-winning projects. Together with Ute E. Weiland, Director of the “Deutschland – Land der Ideen” initiative, she presented the project leads of the ten award-winning submissions with their prizes at the Federal Ministry for Transport in Berlin yesterday evening.

DHL Parcel’s research project is the only one of its kind to date to focus on the use of transport drones in parcel logistics – and it succeeded in winning over the jury, not least thanks to the fact that, this year, DHL became the first parcel service provider in the world to make use of a parcelcopter for end-customer access.

This first was made possible by the systematic further development of the airborne device and its integration into existing logistics processes. Following the 2013 maiden flight of the first DHL Parcelcopter in Bonn, the copter was then deployed between the mainland and the North Sea island of Juist last year. And this spring, the latest, technologically significantly improved next-generation parcelcopter flew from the Bavarian ski resort of Reit im Winkl to the Winklmoosalm mountain plateau. Here, the parcelcopter flight became an integrated component of the DHL Parcel delivery chain as it ensured the fully automated loading and unloading of parcels at the “Skyport” station, which, with the help of current DHL Packstation technology, had been specifically designed and developed as this year’s component of the research project.

Automated loading & integration into logistic value chain

“We are more than convinced that the parcelcopter has allowed us to create real added value in the field of logistics. In the future, this could take the shape of deliveries of emergency medical supplies or deliveries to regions situated in a challenging geographical location, as most recently in Reit im Winkl. The parcelcopter arguably allows us to offer people in such areas a new kind of access to the flexible and, most importantly, rapid dispatch and delivery of goods,” commented Jürgen Gerdes, Board Member for Post - eCommerce - Parcel at Deutsche Post DHL Group.

Following the announcement of the winners, Alexander Dobrindt, Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, commented: “The winners of the German Mobility Prize have shown that Germany has mobility 4.0 in the bag!” Ulrich Grillo, President of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e. V. (BDI) and President of Deutschland – Land der Ideen e. V., added: “They demonstrate how innovation in digital mobility creates added value for everyone.”

In its capacity as innovation leader in parcel logistics, DHL Parcel is constantly developing new offers to cater to extremely diverse customer requirements – from Packstations to car drop delivery, and our now prize-winning parcelcopter project. Following the analysis of the data from this year’s test operations, DHL’s new generation parcelcopter has succeeded in realizing all the technical and process-based improvements required to carry out a field test in an urban area.

The German Mobility Prize
Awarded by the “Deutschland – Land der Ideen” initiative and the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the German Mobility Prize is intended to showcase digital innovation and intelligent mobility solutions – and generate new momentum for Germany as a digital location.

The German Mobility Prize is supported by the following members of the IT summit platform “Digital Networks and Mobility”: Continental Automotive GmbH, Deutsche Bahn AG, Deutsche Telekom AG, Ericsson GmbH, Esri Deutschland GmbH, Huawei Technologies Deutschland GmbH and the Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen e.V. (Association of German Transport Companies).
 

Stages of development of the Parcelcopter