Humanitarian drones to deliver medical supplies to roadless areas




Andreas Raptopoulos, CEO of Matternet, which is developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, for accessing remote and hazardous areas. Photograph: Barry J Holmes/Guardian

When Domino’s sent two pepperoni pizzas on a 10-minute drone flight last summer in a publicity stunt to demonstrate how takeaways may be delivered in the future, Andreas Raptopoulos reacted with scorn.

“This is total nonsense. Why the hell would you do that? The public risk to transport a pizza around when you can do it perfectly well with all of the infrastructure you already have there? Why don’t you use the same technology to save somebody’s life when a mother needs medicine or a child needs medicine instead of it being stuck on a lorry on a muddy road. To me, this is where technology works best,” the Greek entrepreneur said.

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