Medical Drone Market
A medical drone is a type of drone that is specifically designed to transport medical supplies and equipment to and from healthcare facilities. Medical drones are equipped with GPS tracking systems and can be programmed to fly to specific locations. Once at the healthcare facility, the medical drone can land on a designated landing pad where it will be unloaded by staff.
SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd. (DJI) which stands for Da-Jiang Innovations, is a Chinese technology company headquartered in Guangdong. DJI manufactures commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for aerial photography and videography. In addition, DJI Matrice 210 V2, is a drone with a custom-made delivery box that can be adjusted to carry medicine, blood samples, or cotton swabs for testing in infected areas.
DHL is a German logistics company providing courier, package delivery, and express mail service. It is a division of the German logistics firm Deutsche Post. The company delivers over 1.6 billion parcels per year. In 2014, DHL made history with the first drone medical delivery over the open sea, to the North Sea Island of Juist, Germany. In addition, DHL was the first parcel service to incorporate drones into the delivery chain, adding drone parcel service to two communities in the Bavarian Alps in 2016. The drone technology allowed for faster blood test processing on the mainland, while blood samples remained at controlled -temperatures in the drone compartment. Done transportation allowed for faster diagnosis and treatment, with test results communicated by computer.
Embention is a high-tech company working in the unmanned aerial vehicle field. It was founded in 2007 by David Benavente, and is based in Alicante, Spain. The company develops components for drones and UAM, as well as autonomous systems for professional and military use. Besides, Defidrone project of the company aims to create a fast response network of autonomous VTOL systems surrounding main Switzerland regions, permitting them to quickly reach main inaccessible areas in the country. These drones carry a defibrillator for providing quick response capabilities in case someone suffers a heart attack, in zones where emergency teams are not able to actuate.
Flirtey Holdings Inc. is an American drone delivery service provider catering to humanitarian, medical, e-commerce, and food delivery industries. Its services are quicker and more efficient for a better customer experience. The company completed the first Federal Aviation Administration-approved drone delivery in the United States in 2015, the first FAA-approved urban delivery in March 2016, and the first FAA-approved commercial drone delivery to a customer’s home in July 2016.
Matternet Inc. is a California-based on-demand autonomous drone delivery platform supplier that incorporates M2 drone stations as well as the cloud platform for medical distributions. It manages drone activities with an effortless cargo connection at the station to mechanize the interchange of loads as well as batteries. Matternet launched a beyond visual line of sight clinical drone delivery network at Labor Berlin, the first European urban BVLOS medical drone delivery network catering to millions of patients every year.
Vayu Drone Technologies Private Limited was incorporated on 28th June 2020. It is classified as a non-government company and is registered at the Registrar of Companies, Hyderabad, India. Operating in Madagascar, Vayu Drones have now been successfully used to deliver stool and blood samples to the country’s central laboratory for testing. Although the drone looks like an airplane, it has the ability to take off vertically thus requiring no runway. It will then fly autonomously to its destination. The Vayu drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle used to transport patient test samples and vaccines between remote hard-to-reach areas and nearby hospitals.
Zipline Inc. is a California-based automated medical product delivery corporation. It designs, develops, and manufactures drones to deliver most of the crucial medical goods. The automated drone-based delivery network of the company supplies vaccines, clinical medications, and medical as well as pathological testers. In June 2021, Zipline collaborated with Pfizer Inc. to test and formulate an end-to-end distribution action plot of COVID-19 vaccines through Zipline’s automated supply networks globally.
Guangzhou EHang Intelligent Technology Co. Ltd. is a company based in China. It develops and manufactures autonomous aerial vehicles and passenger AAVs which have entered service in China for aerial cinematography, photography, emergency response, and survey missions. EHang has signed a contract with Lung Biotechnology PBC in the US to develop up to 1,000 units of its 184 drone, the world’s first autonomous drone capable of transporting a human. The purpose is to automate the transportation of donated organs to people all over the country in emergency situations.
Graduate student Alec Momont of TU Delft has designed an unmanned, autonomously navigating mini airplane that can quickly deliver a defibrillator to where it is needed. A network of such drones could significantly increase the chance of survival following a cardiac arrest: from 8% to 80%! Alec Momont of TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering designed his prototype for an ambulance drone together with the Living Tomorrow innovation platform as part of his graduation program. When the emergency services receive a cardiac arrest call, this unmanned, autonomously navigating airplane can quickly deliver a defibrillator to the emergency scene. Via a live stream video and audio connection, the drone can also provide direct feedback to the emergency services and the persons on site can be instructed on how to treat the patient.
Skyfarer Ltd. is a U.K.-based Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) manufacturer for drone-based delivery. The company focuses on the transportation of vital pathological and medical payloads such as blood samples, vaccines, and pharmaceutical products enabling its customers’ timely delivery of essential medical products. Skyfarer, a drone logistics company, was leading the consortium including Altitude Angel for enhancement of the pathology network across the U.K. by speeding the patient response time and sample turnaround time through faster delivery of pathological samples and supply of other medical products.