UPS has recruited autonomous delivery drone startup Matternet to deliver medical samples across the WakedMed hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. The M2 quadcopter can hold up to 5 lbs as long as 12.5 miles. Though this sounds like a small feat, this method actually makes for more efficient transportation with the option of on-demand and same-day delivery.
“UPS Healthcare & Life Sciences is excited to expand on our current lab specimen logistics portfolio to drive step change in today’s delivery models,” said Chris Cassidy, UPS president of global healthcare & life sciences strategy. ”Using drones to bring blood and other diagnostic specimens from medical facilities to central labs will improve transport efficiencies life never before. And with fewer vehicle on the road, we’ll generate less environmental impact.”
Once approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and North Carolina’s department of transportation, the UPS delivery drone can begin making routine daily flights.