United Parcel Service Inc. has thrown their towel into the ring for offering drone services. We have known UPS as the brown truck delivery company that delivers packages to our door. Now they have taken to the skies to deliver medical parcels.
Partnering with Matternet, UPS has chosen to deliver medical samples via M2 quadcopters to sections of North Carolina and other locations. This will speed up the processing of various types of medical samples. This will likely increase the health of many. A UPS drone will speed its way to its destination without restrictions without having to wait in long lines of traffic.
Delivering prescriptions and related medical products are part of the deal with Matternet. The savings of time could be critical for those who have high-risk health conditions. Delivering perishable medical products to patients at home is one of the positive results of this setup. The logistics of this system are considered groundbreaking in the area of drone services. UPS has named them Routine Revenue Flights.
Air cargo can now be delivered to campuses that contain hospitals. One such campus is the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The new “Flight Forward” service arm of UPS has expanded to include this campus on their list of air deliveries. The parcel carrier is also looking into joining with Kaiser Permanente to move medical cargo between buildings.
One UPS air delivery setup was named the first of its kind in the realm of drone services. Initiating a public-private agreement with the government of Rwanda, UPS created the world’s first national medical drone delivery network. The Kabgayi hospital in Rwanda is now the glad recipient of blood deliveries by drone thanks to UPS. New mothers will be receiving blood delivered by drones thanks to this agreement with UPS. The drones are particularly useful because the area in Rwanda is hilly and the streets are unpaved. Drones are the perfect tool for such regions.
Another company, CVS, is also working with UPS to begin the delivery of prescription drugs. This agreement was a direct result of UPS becoming approved by the Federal Aviation Authority, or FAA, to conduct flights in US airspace. This was an important step to allow UPS to create an extensive drone network that could eventually span the country.