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Friday, May 6, 2016

Will drones deliver organs on-demand in the future?

ZDNET | Charlie Osborne

EHang Holdings has announced a new partnership with Lung Biotechnology in the hopes of automating organ transplant delivery.

Earlier this week, the companies revealed plans to put 1,000 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to work as organ transporters.

Currently, organs can be transported by standing land vehicles, or in cases of urgency, airplanes, motorcycles and ambulances. It usually takes a medical professional to make the journey with the organ -- held securely in a special cooler -- but EHang and Lung Biotechnology hope that they can create a system which will take out most of the legwork.

The new project, dubbed the Manufactured Organ Transport Helicopter (MOTH) system, involves 1,0000 EHang 184 drones being "optimized" over the next 15 years in the United States to make organ delivery by drone safe.

There are many challenges which these companies must overcome if organ delivery by drone will ever be viable. While Amazon is plowing ahead with drone delivery services, organs are a delicate and invaluable cargo -- and the slightest knock or bump could damage the tissue irrevocably. Continue reading
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