Aviant, a drone logistics company, announced the launch of its home delivery service Kyte. drones will now deliver groceries, takeaway food and over-the-counter medications to sparsely populated areas and vacation homes in Norway. In addition, Aviant has secured $1 million in funding from Innovation Norway to deliver vital prescription drugs directly from pharmacies to people in remote areas and suburbs.
Founded in 2020 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by Lars Erik Fagernaes, Herman Qie Kolden and Bernhard Paus Graesdal, Aviant has operated more than 2,500 autonomous flights in Norway and Sweden, covering more than 35,000 kilometers. During the pandemic, the company helped deliver COVID-19 tests and blood samples at regional and central hospitals in Norway.
Aviant’s drones are certified by EU regulations to fly autonomously within the Union, with a straight-line flight distance of up to 120 kilometers. On a more practical level, the company can offer its drone delivery service within a 30 km radius van, compared to the 2-3 km offered by other providers such as Google Wings or Manna Drone Delivery.
This speed and efficiency is critical for Aviant as it serves areas where mobility is challenged due to long distances and factors such as poor roads or inclement weather. As Fagernas explains: Our technology has proven vital to rural health services during pandemics, and winter road closures mean that watching our drones is the only link between the COVID-19 test site and the lab in central Norway. Now, with the launch of Kyte and the funding we received from Innovation Norway, Luminar Ventures and Bring Ventures, we are able to provide people in remote and hard-to-reach areas with the groceries and medical supplies they need, delivered directly to their doorstep, with no traffic restrictions and minimal climate emissions for Dan.
Customers can request drone deliveries through the Kyte app, which is available for i0S and Android devices, Fagernees said.
Once the order is placed, the drone will load the ordered items at Kyte’s home base. The drone will then deliver the package autonomously and return to base. So far for
on, Kyte has delivered over 4,000 kilometers with an average delivery time of 24 minutes.
It is worth highlighting that Aviant raised a $2.4 million seed round in September 2022, led by Norway’s venture arm of political services
Bring Ventures led the investment. The company is currently planning to open a second base in Norway, enabling it to deliver to 20,000 to 30,000 remote vacation homes