Workhorse Group has partnered with Unmanned Systems Operations to launch an initial pilot drone delivery program in the San Diego area.
The companies detailed how the partnership has the goal of pursuing additional programs for healthcare providers, pharmacies, and specialized medical courier services using Workhorse’s HorseFly, a fully functional drone delivery system.
Workhorse designed the HorseFly as a custom built, high-efficiency UAV, which is fully integrated with the company’s NGEN electric delivery vehicles as well as its legacy models through a completely cloud-based software system.
In practice, USOG personnel will be able to monitor multiple autonomous UAV flights while customers are able 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 on-board video.
The HorseFly system conforms to FAA standards for UAV operation in the United States.
Workhorse CEO Duane Hughes, said: “USOG’s vision is to enable nationwide medical deliveries by UAV, and we couldn’t think of a better application for our HorseFly system. We look forward to working closely with USOG as well as with the FAA and other key stakeholders on safe, secure, and timely deliveries in addition to maintaining patient privacy.”
Adding: “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. As the only U.S. patented truck drone-launched system, we believe we are in an excellent position to take share in a number of nascent delivery markets.”
While USOG CEO Pharns Genece said the partnership was a “game-changing opportunity for the broader medical field.”