The United Parcel Service (UPS) is a massively popular courier delivery system worldwide. They deliver all sorts of items, from small online purchases to flat screen TVs.
UPS on the Go
UPS has many ways to get your package to its destination. They have a massive array of delivery trucks, people, and even planes for international travel.
UPS however does not stop evolving. In the past few years, drone delivery started sprouting as an alternative option for online sites. Amazon for instance offers drone delivery on selected areas, while similar, smaller endeavors occur worldwide. UPS started doing their own deliveries via drones, but not for their ordinary packages. Currently, they use drones to deliver vital goods to hospitals, such as blood and medications.
UPS Blood Drone
Delivering blood is a very important task. Time is a key factor in terms of health and emergency. A late delivery of blood can mean grievous consequences for the patient expecting it. It is therefore necessary to have a consistent form of transport for blood. No getting stuck in traffic, and no reasons for the package to spoil along the way.
Drone delivery does that. And with modern tech providing stable flight and temperature-controlled containers, blood and other hospital materials arrive to their destination unscathed.
The autonomous drone can carry packages (at a maximum of 2.5 kilograms) safely to its destination. The UPS drone can reach a distance of 20 kilometers, giving it a decent range to work on. This means that a drone can fly a blood package from the main hospital to the outskirts of the city quickly. During testing, the blood arrived to its destination via drone at a little over 3 minutes. This is a massive upgrade from the previous time record, where blood arrives via traditional means at 30 minutes.
This cuts the time significantly and, in theory, can increase the chances of survival for its recipients. Who knows? Maybe drones can deliver more vital goods next – such as organs and important medications.