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沃尔玛用无人机为美国家庭配送新冠肺炎检测试剂盒

发布者: 千缘 | 发布时间: 2020-9-26 01:17| 查看数: 148| 评论数: 0|



Walmart Uses Drones to Fly COVID-19 Tests to American Homes

Walmart has begun using drone aircraft to transport COVID-19 tests to private homes in the United States.

This week, the company began sending COVID-19 self-collection kits to homes in the North Las Vegas area of Nevada. Walmart will fly the kits to single-family houses within 1.5 kilometers of its stores. The drones will leave the test equipment on the front sidewalk, driveway, or land around the house.

People wishing to receive the tests are asked to first create a request with the company online. The kits enable individuals to administer the COVID-19 test themselves. A swab is included for people to collect fluid from inside the nose. Individuals can then send the collected material in the mail to a COVID-19 testing center.

Walmart says customers who use the service will not have to pay for the kits or use of the drones. The service will be offered daily so long as weather conditions permit drone flights.

The project is a partnership between Walmart and Quest Diagnostics, a medical testing laboratory. U.S. drone services provider DroneUp is supplying the aircraft.

Dan Haemmerle is head of Extended Care services for Quest Diagnostics. He says the new project aims to show how drones can provide healthcare services to patients who are unable to leave their home or live in rural areas.



"We will take the learnings from this pilot and enhance the ways we deliver health care services to the patients we serve," Haemmerle said.

Walmart said it hopes the project "will shape contactless testing capabilities on a larger scale" and lead to future expansion of the company's delivery methods.

Earlier this month, Walmart launched another test program. It uses drones to fly food and household products to customers in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

The company expanded its pick-up and delivery services in recent months as demand increased because of the coronavirus health crisis.

Tom Ward is Walmart's senior vice-president for customer products. In announcing the program, he said it will likely take years before customers will see widespread drone deliveries. "We know that it will be some time before we see millions of packages delivered via drone. That still feels like a bit of science fiction."

Ward added, "We're at a point where we're learning more and more about the technology that is available and how we can use it to make our customers' lives easier."

Online seller Amazon recently received U.S. government approval to deliver products by drone. But the company is still testing its self-piloting aircraft and has yet to announce a target date for launching ongoing drone deliveries.

Alphabet's drone company Wing received federal approval last year to fly drone aircraft. It has also tested deliveries of medicine and other products.

And, UPS Flight Forward received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration last year to operate as the first U.S. "air carrier" with drone delivery services.

I'm Bryan Lynn.

重点讲解:

1. enable sb. to do sth. 使能够;使有机会;

The new test should enable doctors to detect the disease early.

新的检测手段应该能够使医生们尽早查出这种疾病。

2. pay for 付;支付;

Accommodation is free — all you pay for is breakfast and dinner.

住宿免费——你只需付早餐和正餐的钱。

3. so long as 只要;

I squared it with Dan, who said it was all right so long as I was back next Monday morning.

我征得了丹的同意,他说只要我下周一早上能回来就行。

4. be unable to do sth. 不能…的;无法…的;

He is unable to relate to other people.

他无法理解他人的想法。

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沃尔玛用无人机为美国家庭配送新冠肺炎检测试剂盒

沃尔玛开始用无人机为美国私人住宅配送新冠肺炎检测试剂盒。

本周,沃尔玛开始向内华达州拉斯维加斯北部地区的家庭配送自收集新冠肺炎检测试剂盒。沃尔玛将把这些试剂盒运送到门店1.5公里范围内的单身住宅。无人机将把检测设备放在住宅的前人行道、车道或周围的地面上。

想进行测试的人要先在网上向沃尔玛提出申请。检测试剂盒使个人得以自已进行新冠肺炎检测。试剂盒里有用于采集鼻腔内液体的拭子。然后,个人可以将采集材料邮寄到新冠肺炎检测中心。

沃尔玛表示,使用这项服务的顾客不必支付试剂盒或无人机的使用费用。只要天气允许无人机飞行,这项服务将每天提供。

这个项目是沃尔玛与医学检测实验室奎斯特诊疗公司开展的合作项目。美国无人机服务提供商DroneUp提供无人机。

丹·海莫乐是奎斯特诊疗公司扩展护理服务的负责人。他表示,这个新项目旨在展示无人机如何向无法离家或生活在农村地区的患者提供医疗服务。

海莫乐表示,“我们将从这个试点项目中吸取经验,改进向患者提供医疗保健服务的方式。”

沃尔玛表示,其希望该项目“能在更大范围内形成非接触式检测能力”,并引导公司未来配送方式的扩展。

本月早些时候,沃尔玛启动了另一个试点项目。即在北卡罗来纳州费耶特维尔用无人机为顾客运送食品和家用产品。

冠状病毒卫生危机导致需求增加,因此沃尔玛在最近几个月扩大了取件和送货服务。

汤姆·沃德是沃尔玛负责客户产品的高级副总裁。他在宣布这个计划时表示,顾客可能在数年后才能看到无人机配送的广泛使用。“我们知道需要一段时间才能看到无人机配送数百万包裹。这感觉还是有点像科幻小说。”

沃德补充说,“我们目前所处的阶段是:我们正在逐步了解现有技术,以及如何利用这一技术使我们顾客的生活更加轻松。”

在线卖家平台亚马逊最近获得了美国政府的批准,可以用无人机运送产品。但该公司仍在测试其自动驾驶飞机,尚未公布启动无人机配送的目标日期。

Alphabet公司旗下的无人机公司Wing在去年获得了联邦政府的批准,可以进行无人机运输。该公司也对无人机运送药品和其他产品进行了测试。

此外,UPS Flight Forward公司去年获得了美国联邦航空局的批准,成为美国首个运营无人机配送服务的“航空公司”。

布莱恩·林恩报道。



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