SAY GOODBYE TO DELIVERY TRUCKS.
Here comes the future: Drones and Bots
That’s the present landscape, but the future is fast approaching with drones and robots
already delivering medication in some parts of the country.
Actually, robots have been delivering medications for years. In hospitals, robots like
the Aethon Tug
have been shuttling prescriptions from hospital pharmacies to nursing
stations for the last decade. Now the tech is moving into our neighborhoods.
The current pandemic has seen robot deliveries skyrocket in demand. Customers are
ordering groceries, snacks, and their favorite burritos and then, depending on their
location, watching it arrive in a Nuro
, a Starship
cargo box, or a Rev-1
The first pharmacy to deliver prescriptions was CVS. The pharmacy giant partnered
with UPS and piloted a program in May to deliver prescriptions by drone from three
stores to nearby retirement communities in Florida. That way seniors could have their
prescriptions land on their doorstep and not have to compromise their social distancing
While CVS was the first in the US, UK-based Manna
started delivering prescriptions
around the same time in Ireland, dropping off meds for people who felt uneasy about
heading into town.
CVS has expanded beyond drones and started to experiment with robot prescription
deliveries. It teamed up with Nuro in three zip codes in Houston in June. Nuro, which
was founded by two ex-Google engineers, uses a fleet of self-driving Toyota Priuses to
zip up and down the streets and make deliveries.
To ensure the security of their prescriptions, customers need to confirm their
identification to unlock their delivery when Nuro’s autonomous vehicle arrives at their
In a statement, Ryan Rumbarger, senior vice president at CVS Health, said in a
statement, “We are seeing an increased demand for prescription delivery. We want to
give our customers more choice in how they can quickly access the medications they
need when it’s not convenient for them to visit one of our pharmacy locations.”
Dave Ferguson, Nuro’s co-founder and president, added, “Through our partnership with
CVS, we hope to make it easier for customers to get medicine, prescriptions, and the
other things they need delivered directly to their homes.”
The future is now.