Australia: A research and development deal has been signed between the University of Nevada and Flirtey, Australian aerial delivery drone startup.
Under the contract, the University gets an equity stake in the Sydney-based company while Flirtey will develop its technology in collaboration with the institution in a bid to engage the US market once it opens up to commercial drone deliveries.
The partnership will allow Flirtey to use the University's R&D labs for design and manufacture and research collaboration along with access to the first indoor flight testing sites approved by the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems.
Matthew Sweeney, CEO of the company said, " Flirtey is partnering with the University of Nevada, Reno, to pioneer an industry, to develop safe UAV [unmanned aerial vehicle] delivery technology, and to position ourselves as a first mover when the US commercial market opens up."
Nevada is one of the six locations in the US approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for UAV testing.