Ever seen these ads on TV where fast food deliveries promise your food arrives in 30 minutes or less? It seems like for nearly two decades now, the fast food game has revolved around takeout. They pride themselves on delivering so fast, the food feels like they just left the oven. It’s like the delivery process never took place! These selling points are everywhere. Pizza places, burger spots, even stores specializing on Eastern cuisines; they all want you to get your food within minutes of ordering.
But ever wondered what that desire to deliver can do if they were to actually deliver vital goods? And I don’t mean pizza that spoils quickly, I’m thinking more of blood transfusions, or even live organs.
Yes, the medical community have products that require a faster delivery time for their even shorter shelf life. Imagine if hospitals or clinics have the same delivery systems as these fast food places. Think about a world where getting a blood donation would arrive as soon as you need it.
That is where drones might help out.
California Blood Delivery:
In Palo Alto, California a drone delivery system might be soon taking flight. If this gets approval, this may very well be the first city in the entire country to use drones to deliver medical supplies. This particular sector focuses on blood deliveries, between blood banks to hospitals and clinics in the area.
The proposal is still under review by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) so we may have to wait a bit. The idea, however, might be the next step in medical technology. It’s one thing to need blood for regular patients. But it’s another to need blood in emergency situations. In these particular cases, hospitals or clinics may not have the right blood type in stock. Or they may not have enough. Waiting for a delivery via an ambulance or any other land vehicle may take time. A drone, flying through open skies with less traffic and congestion, may be the key.
In a field where time is always an essential part of a patient’s chance in survival, this drone service might be the solution. All we can do is wait for approval, and who knows? If this takes off in California, you yourself might see the same system in your neighborhood in the next few years. The future is looking bright.