Toronto tech startup to test drone flight paths above Waterloo region

October 21, 2020

Toronto tech startup to test drone flight paths above Waterloo region

AirMatrix co-founder says Waterloo region provides an ideal environment


Waterloo region is lending its skies to a Toronto-based tech start up working to map out the "road infrastructure" for cities and businesses to use drones safely in the future.

AirMatrix co-founder Alexandra McCalla and her colleagues have been working on the concept for the past two years and recently had their first autonomous flight test in a live urban environment earlier this month.

"It was a great demonstration of how our grid can be used in a live ecosystem and it's setting the base for the additional [drone] use cases that we'll continue to add," McCalla told CBC News.

The Region of Waterloo put out a notice on its website saying there may be more drone activity in the Kitchener area this month.

McCalla said they are working with Transport Canada on this project and have several other flight tests scheduled in the region for early November.

She said during the first test in downtown Kitchener on Oct. 9, the team worked with different delivery scenarios and emergency protocols with the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy and Hogan Pharmacy.

The drone travelled to residential homes and then travelled a longer route to a long-term home facility, McCalla said.

The team gathered information around the flight duration, drone health and whether it made it to its destination.

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