Drones to deliver drugs to hospitals

in The United States, the medical device takes the air. The delivery company UPS, in association with the manufacturer of drones, Matternet, has announced on Tu

Drones to deliver drugs to hospitals

in The United States, the medical device takes the air. The delivery company UPS, in association with the manufacturer of drones, Matternet, has announced on Tuesday march 26 the launch of a new type. Small quadrirotors - the model M2 of Matternet - will deliver supplies to the medical needs, contained in boxes, of which the maximum weight can reach 2 to 3 pounds over a distance of 20 kilometres. What is the advantage? In the event of congestion on the roads, the waiting time is significantly reduced, as are the costs of transport.

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For the time being, the scope of the new service is limited. The flights will run - without a driver - at the hospital WakeMed Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition, the program is overseen by the department of transportation of North Carolina. The implementation of this system comes after a pilot project conducted in August 2018 in the framework of the programme for the integration of systems of pilotless planes, the Federal Administration Aviation (FAA).

Shipments of drugs to Rwanda

Matternet is not his first attempt. The start-up, located in Menlo Park, California, had experienced in Switzerland in 2017, a system of delivery of coffee in partnership with Mercedes-Benz. After you have received the package arrived on the roof of his van, the driver had to hand deliver the package. For its part, UPS is already associated with another designer drones, Zipline, to deliver blood bags and vaccines by drone. An experiment launched in Rwanda in 2016 in collaboration with Gavi, the international organization aid to the vaccination.

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In France, the delivery-by-drone is also in its infancy. So, since 2016 The Post use of air to deliver packages to businesses located in a secluded area of the Var. Airbus put also: last march 15, the group announced that it had successfully tested in Singapore its new engine package delivery aboard a boat at anchor. "Delivery by drone is up to six times faster than by boat and lowers the cost of transport by up to 90 %", underlines the manufacturer.

Updated Date: 29 March 2019, 00:00

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