Israel’s National Drone Initiative, the world’s leading pilot program, has entered its third phase.
In the framework of this demonstration, 16 UAV companies and service providers carrying medical and commercial cargo throughout the greater Tel Aviv area in collaboration with the Israeli Police, the National Fire Department, and the IDF Home Front Command.
There will be several simultaneous flights in Israel and Brazil with International representatives taking part in the program.
No other group or nation has yet to test such a large number of groups cooperating to transport actual commercial and medical items in a dense urban area like Tel Aviv.
The drones are scheduled to fly approximately 300 times each day above open areas, performing a variety of duties on flight routes provided by the joint control system.
These include Cando and High-Lander companies that will deliver sushi orders placed via a customized app to Tel Aviv’s Tzuk beach. Additionally, they will have a drone doing autonomous security missions for an emergency facility (Reading Fire Station), which will automatically activate the drone placed at the charging station.
SkyLinx and FlyTech will undertake a pilot in Charles Clore Park in which consumers will place an order via a specialized app and have their ice cream delivered via drones.
All companies participating, including Simplex and DownWind, will conduct flights over Tel Aviv’s urban regions. HarTech Technologies Ltd and Airwayz will conduct urban flight missions over Hadera.
There will be also flights to transport donated blood, platelets, and plasma from the Magen David Adom (MDA) Blood Bank to Sheba-Tel HaShomer Hospital, in order to ensure the packaging, flying, and processes comply with Ministry of Health rules.
The aim of this stage is to standardize the procedures so that any company can provide this type of service at any blood bank or hospital in Israel as needed.
Dror Bin, CEO of Israel Innovation Authority, stated that the National Drone Initiative is “on its way to establishing a world-class ecosystem in this field,” and Itamar Ben-Meir, CEO of Ayalon Highways aerial control center, stated that this new phase “marks a significant step forward for the National Drone Initiative.”