Drones could soon be ferrying blood and other medical supplies to hospitals and clinics in North Carolina if the N.C. Department of Transportations bid to be part of a federal test program is approved.
NCDOT is leading a team of private companies that proposes to set up a network of distribution centers that would use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to make medical deliveries in North Carolina. The drone delivery companies, including Matternet and Zipline, operate overseas but not in the U.S.
Were really excited that drone technology may allow doctors and hospitals to save more lives in North Carolina soon, Bobby Walson, the state Director of Aviation, said in a statement. Weve been researching and investing in drone technology for years at NCDOT. This proposal represents the next big step for us as we remain a national leader in the UAS field.
NCDOT has applied to be part of the Federal Aviation Administrations Drone Integration Pilot Program, a three-year effort to test drones ...