Medical delivery company Unmanned Systems Operations Group (OSOG) has partnered with drone provider Workhorse Group to carry out an initial pilot drone delivery programme in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unmanned aerial system (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP) in San Diego, CA. ISOG is using a Workhorse vehicle and Horsefly drone to test safe, secure and timely deliveries of medical supplies. The partners plan to add additional programs in the coming months.
Horsefly is integrated with the US-patented Workhorse van using cloud-based software. The system is designed to allow USOG personnel to monitor multiple autonomous UAV flights, customers to track their deliveries, through a delivery app which allows for real-time data transmission for information such as package location and vehicle status as well as onboard video.
Workhorse and USOG operate the pilot programs in compliance with FAA rules and regulations and are also subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a 1996 Federal law that restricts access to individuals’ private medical information.
Workhorse CEO Duane Hughes said. “While we recognize the immediate benefits of utilizing our technology in such a vital application, we’re also excited about the possibilities these types of deliveries can represent across a variety of industries and use cases on a much larger scale.”
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