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Auto parts company tests drone delivery in Canada

Steve Rogerson
December 20, 2016
 
One of Canada's largest automotive parts companies is testing a drone delivery platform. The aim is to expand the logistic capabilities of UAP's Napa auto parts delivery activities nationwide.
 
The technology comes from Ontario-based Drone Delivery Canada.
 
"We are delighted to be working with Napa Canada," said Tony Di Benedetto, CEO of Drone Delivery Canada. "We are the first and only drone delivery company in Canada and to now be able to work with one of Canada's largest auto parts distributor is a major opportunity for us. We are focusing on many areas which are game changing for us and the automotive industry."
 
DDC will work directly with Napa to design, prototype and test drone delivery to expand Napa's logistics capabilities. Development, prototyping and testing initiatives will be focused on a customised service that includes depot-to-depot and depot-to-consumer deliveries.
 
With this agreement in place, DDC will work under Transport Canada's framework to advance its testing at a test site within southern Ontario following which DDC anticipates it will travel to Foremost Alberta and Alma Quebec to test beyond visual line of sight.
 
Drone Delivery Canada is a drone technology company based out of Vaughan, Ontario, focused on the design, development and implementation of a commercial drone logistics platform for government and corporate organisations.
 
UAP specialises in the distribution, merchandising and remanufacturing of automotive parts and replacement accessories for cars, lorries and heavy vehicles. Headquartered in Montreal, it has two main divisions: the Napa auto parts division that operates a network of more than 600 Napa sites with nine distribution centres; and the heavy vehicle parts division operating a network of 100 Traction stores with 3 distribution centres across Canada.