In areas across the globe drones are able to get the supplies where they need to be. These drones in Switzerland are being used to transport blood and other medical supplies. Via Wired:
Yet drones are already proving their worth with more urgent, medical, missions. The latest of these comes from Silicon Valley startup Matternet, which has been testing an autonomous drone network over Switzerland, shuttling blood and other medical samples between hospitals and testing facilities.
Once on the move, Matternet says the drones have enough built-in smarts to find a safe path. In good weather, they can travel about 12 miles, carrying about 4 pounds. In Switzerland, they’ll avoid other aircraft by flying in a fairly empty bit of airspace, at altitudes used only by emergency helicopters. And they’ll constantly broadcast their locations.
Matternet’s not the only company transporting medical payloads with drones. Another Silicon Valley startup, Zipline, delivers blood and vaccine supplies throughout Rwanda and Tanzania, African countries where lacking infrastructure makes flying much more efficient than driving. In the US, UPS has demonstrated drone deliveries from the top of a moving van. 7-Eleven and Flirtey (yet another drone-focused startup) teamed up to perform limited deliveries in Nevada.
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