Drone Delivery Trials for COVID-19 Test Kits

By Mike Ball / 01 Dec 2020
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Flirtey has partnered with medical services provider Vault Health to test drone delivery of the first FDA-authorized saliva test for COVID-19. Vault Health’s test kit can be used at home under supervision from a health professional through video call, and drone delivery of these kits will eliminate exposure risks and provide convenience for people who do not live near in-person testing locations.

Flirtey is currently undertaking a drone delivery test program in the Reno, Nevada area, and Vault Health’s test kits will be added to the roster immediately. The kits will be sent to distribution centers based on historical market demand data. When a customer places an order, a Flirtey drone will deliver the COVID-19 test kit to the customer’s home.

Matthew Sweeny, Founder and CEO of Flirtey, commented: “Our mission is to save lives and improve lifestyles by making delivery instant for everyone. Partnering with Vault Health for Flirtey drone delivery of COVID-19 test kits is another huge step toward our mission. Drone delivery of COVID-19 test kits is faster than traditional mail, enabling faster results for the customer and reducing the time where a person may have the potential to spread COVID-19 by 24-48 hours.”

Jason Feldman, Founder and CEO of Vault Health, stated: “We feel an obligation as a team to help expand COVID-19 testing across America with continued innovation. Our shipping and result turnaround time is already fast, but working with Flirtey to make on-demand drone delivery of COVID-19 saliva test kits available will make it faster than ever. We will help everyone worrying about their infection status find their answer.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact