UPS and CVS team up to begin drone transport for delivering medication to retirees. The service, which will use Matternet’s M2 drones, will deliver prescription medication to Florida’s largest retirement community, The Villages. In addition, every drone that leaves for delivery will receive permission from the US Federal Aviation Administration. Thus, it is aimed to prevent the spread of viruses to the region where the elderly people who are most affected by the epidemic.
Drones departing from a point near the delivery area will reach the reception center at the transportation location. The welcoming team at this point will then complete the delivery by land vehicles. Deliveries will start in May.
The idea that drones can be used in medication delivery emerged from the advantages of fast shipping in emergency situations or reaching those in need in hard-to-reach areas. The obstacle to the scaling of this technology was legal processes. With the Covid-19 pandemic that shook the world, legal difficulties were narrowed and the scale of dispensing of medication by drone was opened. Thus, there is no reason for cargo companies that have made test flights in North Carolina for a while to not start continuous deliveries in May.
Google’s Drone Delivery Project: Wing
In addition to global shipping companies, Google has been interested in drone deliveries for some time. The technology giant successfully shipped medication with the drone with its project called Wing. Wing officials stated that they have made 80,000 flight attempts to reach where they are now. The difference of Wing from other delivery drones is that it delivers without landing. It dangles its package with a rope about 7 meters high. When someone on the floor holds the package, he feels tension and leaves the rope and continues his journey.
Although it has been claimed that drone transport has been done by many companies until now, almost all of them were in test process. There are a number of obstacles in front of real flights. A number of problems such as tall buildings, narrow streets, legal problems, noise pollution caused by drones seem to hinder the entry of this technology into our lives.
It can continue to be vital in emergencies such as pandemics. It seems to be the reason for preference, especially since it reduces the possibility of infection. Finally, it can take life-saving medicines to areas such as Africa where it is difficult to find medicines.