The concept of drone deliveries has really become popular, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. I remember seeing a news story a while ago about people getting coffee delivered by drone, and even a short snippet of a YouTube video in which someone delivered some beers to their next-door neighbour! I thought it was so fascinating how this piece of digital technology had been repurposed to solve the problem of ‘contactless deliveries’ during a time in which physical distancing has become so imperative. Along with the benefits of their contactless nature, a Forbes article by Koetsier (2021) stated that deliveries carried out by drones were roughly 90 percent cheaper than deliveries carried out by cars. Koetsier (2021) further noted that there were fewer issues with delays as drones were less likely to become stuck in traffic than their car counterparts.
I also came across an article by Stewart (2021) that explored how a set of lungs delivered by drone saved a man’s life. It was fascinating to read about the trials the team had to go through in the lead up to the safe delivery, and leaves me wondering whether this could possibly be the future of transporting transplant organs between hospitals as the shortened delivery time via drone (compared to a car) could potentially increase the viability of those organs.
Koetsier, J. (2021, August 18). Drone delivery is live today, and it’s 90% cheaper than car-based services. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/2021/08/18/drone-delivery-is-live-today-and-its-90-cheaper-than-car-based-services/?sh=13dff5bb4d02
Stewart, A. (2021, October 13). How lungs delivered by drone saved an Ontario man’s life. CBC News. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/drone-lung-delivery-toronto-1.6209330