Embracing new technology forms the backbone of carwow’s haggle-free approach to new-car sales and the iconic twin-rotor Chinook helicopter will provide the next step in the company’s market revolution – as it pledges to deliver new cars to owners’ doors in record time.
A fleet of ex-RAF Chinooks has been retrofitted with remote-controlled actuators allowing them to act as supersized drones guided to their drop off points from carwow’s offices in Holborn, London. The helicopters’ massive 10,886kg lift capability and cruising speed of more than 180mph means even cars as hefty as the new Range Rover can be dispatched to far flung areas of the UK in a matter of hours.
Meanwhile, Mat Watson – presenter of carwow’s new YouTube channel and the company’s editorial director – has been sent on an advanced piloting course and will take up the additional role of carwow chief drone pilot.
“It’s been a learning curve” says Watson, “but delivering cars by rotor power will really propel the buying process through the 21st Century and beyond”.
The launch of the service comes along with news that carwow will soon double its office space and is in the process of applying to the Civil Aviation Authority for permission to build 20 roof-mounted helipads – giving the capacity to offer same-day delivery for around 100 cars.
carwow’s CEO James Hind said “we’re delighted to launch our drone delivery service. Being able to offer this option to customers will give our company, and the UK car market, the lift it needs. Most buyers will get their new car on the day of purchase.”
Trials of the service will begin at the start of April and it’s expected to be fully operational by 29 February 2017.
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