Earlier this year, a company called eHang unveiled the world’s first autonomous aerial vehicle that humans can fly in at CES 2016.
Now the company will collaborate with medical company Lung Biotechnology PBC to develop and purchase up to 1,000 units of an evolved version of the 184, the world’s first autonomous drone for humans, to automate organ transplant delivery.
The 184 is capable of carrying a passenger more than 10 miles through the air at speeds up to 65 miles per hour by entering a destination into the accompanying smartphone app.
The companies will work together over the next 15 years to get the vehicle in prime shape for organ deliveries. The program, which is being called the Manufactured Organ Transport Helicopter (MOTH) system, is said to revolutionize the way organs are transported in the U.S., with the potential to save tens of thousands of lives.
“Partnering with Martine and Lung Biotechnology is an incredible opportunity to bring the 184 to the emergency medical space, and specifically help to revolutionize the organ delivery system in the U.S,” said Huazhi Hu, CEO of EHang.