Imagine driving an ambulance in the streets of Los Angeles. You’re trying to save a patient’s life — perhaps delivering a kidney to transplant — and need to hit the gas. But you can’t, because humans take up an unfair amount of space on the road.
Biopharmaceutical companies are looking elsewhere to save lives: the skies.
At CES 2016, Ehang, a Chinese drone company, revealed the 184 drone, a huge drone that could transport a human passenger as far as 10 miles. The Verge reports that the same company is being commissioned by Lung Biotechnology, a subsidiary of United Therapeutics, a multi-billion dollar biotech company, to build 1,000 autonomous drones based on the 184 that’ll deliver organs to a network of hospitals.
The proposed drone system is dubbed the MOTH, short for Manufactured Organ Transport Helicopter system.