IONA developed an hyper-efficient robotic network for low cost and sustainable deliveries in rural areas.
Delivery became a privilege. Shipping companies are losing money in rural areas, due to half-empty cargo vans operating winding routes, and driver shortages affecting services. Just in the US and Europe, 215M people must wait days, pay expensive surcharges or drive hours to access their mails and parcels.
A recent Scottish Parliament's Report revealed that 1 million Scottish were experiencing denial of service or "postcode penalties" (1/5 of the population). The problem is global, affecting an estimated 5M people in the UK and 100M in Europe. It slows down the local economy and marginalise communities.