As part of an experimental delivery project by the Israeli Innovation Authority and the Ministry of Transport, a drone was used to transport medical tests including blood, urine, and coagulation samples.

Flying approximately 9.7 miles (15.6km) between Hillel Yaffe Medical Center and Sha’ar Menashe Mental Health Center in Israel, the drone carried a 2.2 lbs (2kg) payload that contained medical samples from 30 volunteers.

The basic idea was to figure out if the quality of the samples was compromised during the drone flight. Therefore, an equal number of samples from the same volunteers were transported through a conventional motor vehicle as well. After analyzing both sets of samples, doctors determined that the results were similar.

Dr. Maanit Shapira, director of the laboratory division at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, said:

Laboratory samples are often transferred between medical centers, typically by automobile. This presents the risk of travel time…