Meet the Woman Working to Make Delivery-by-Drone a Reality

by Jeremy Quittner

Her company recently partnered with package delivery service UPS.

Imagine you’re a camp counselor, overseeing a group of children on a remote island. In the middle of the night, one of your campers has an asthma attack — but her inhaler is nowhere to be found. Just getting to shore will take 30 minutes by boat. Meanwhile, she’s having trouble breathing.

As the co-founder and chief technology officer of CyPhy Works, a startup that builds unmanned aerial vehicles, Helen Greiner believes drones are the solution to hypothetical situations like this one. In September, CyPhy announced it is partnering with the United Parcel Service(UPS) to determine how drones can be used to effectively deliver packages to remote or hard to reach areas.

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