About Aviant

Aviant AS was founded in the beginning of 2020 when the founders met at MIT.

An image of the whole Aviant team posing with two drones

Origin

The logistics issues in healthcare that intensified at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic sparked the idea for Aviant. The desire for more efficient solutions in the medical sector and the new European drone regulations from January 2021 allowed Aviant to quickly secure a pilot contract with St. Olavs Hospital in Norway.

An image of a drone hovering, being controlled by an operator
An image of a drone soaring through the air

Long distances in harsh weather

In February 2021, the team successfully completed their first autonomous flight between Trondheim and Røros. This route of 120 km is the longest autonomous drone flight over land in Norway. Since then, Aviant has flown various routes in Scandinavia in a multitude of weather conditions, with winds as high as 18 m/s and temperatures as low as -26 °C.

An image of a drone on the ground
An image of a drone and two operators doing maintenance

Healthcare transportation

By the end of 2021, Aviant operated three paying contracts in the healthcare sector. Furthermore, we won "Stage Two", the pan-European competition for the best startups spinning out of leading European universities, supported a leading Norwegian dairy producer with milk sample transportation, took over the regular transportation of COVID-samples for St. Olavs Hospital in Røros, and conducted the first home delivery by drone in Scandinavia when a Covid-test was delivered to a Swedish citizen.

An image of a green drone with the Posten Bring logo on it

Expansion of operations

Now, one year later, we have signed ten commercial contracts in Scandinavia to transport blood samples, COVID-samples, water samples, milk samples, and equipment for windmill farms. Aviant has flown over 1,500 flights covering more than 25,000 km, built a robust team of 20 people, and managed to take a leading position in the European drone market.

An image of a drone on the ground, ready to take off

Seed round

In December, we raised $2.3 million in seed funding led by Luminar Ventures, with Bring Ventures also joining the round.“When we met the Aviant team, we knew they were on to something special,” explained Luminar managing partner Jacob Key, “Many have tried this, but Aviant’s unique technology and the team’s commercial hustle mean that they actually have significant traction in a very nascent space. The coming regulatory changes will allow teams like Lars Erik’s to scale their operations into new markets faster than ever before.

A map representing no flight zones in Trondheim
A drone with a package with snow in the background

Started with home delivery




After an extensive application process, Aviant was granted permission by the Norwegian CAA to conduct BVLOS home deliveries. This coincided well with the conclusion of several breakthrough R&D projects, enabling us to do the first real home delivery to a paying customer on December 22. A farmer in the small community Byneset ordered a COVID kit to his home, and it was delivered instantly.

Service improvement

Throughout the first quarter of 2023, we made major strides in improving the home delivery service Kyte. Based on feedback from consumers, we added delivery to doorsteps, pre-ordering, expanded product selection. We also improved the efficiency by speeding up mission generation and streamlining procedures.

We are working day and night to create the world's first real drone delivery service. If you want to follow the development, please visit kyte.delivery where you can also find a link to the app.

EIT Urban Mobility logo

We are selected participants of the Scale-up program 2023.

EIT Urban Mobility is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union


 

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