Described as the “Uber for blood”, startup, Zipline, operates the world’s only drone delivery system at national scale to send urgent medicines, such as blood and animal vaccines, to those in need – no matter where they live.
In 2016, the California (USA)-based company introduced the use of medical drones to transport bloods to remote hospitals in Rwandan provinces that lacked the proper infrastructure for quick access to medical supplies.
The drone travels at a speed of 60 miles per hour, sending a notification to the receiving hospital as it approaches its destination. Once hovering above the hospital, the drone releases the medical package, which drops to the hospital's grounds with the aid of a parachute.
A staff of the hospital picks up the supplies, and a crucial delivery is accomplished.
Zipline has since expanded its service from Rwanda to its much larger neighbour, Tanzania.