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Drones could soon deliver blood to US hospitals

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(CNN/Meredith) – Palo Alto, California could be the first in the US to use drones to deliver blood. Using the technology this way in the medical field is already happening in one country overseas.

The company behind it is Matternet, in Menlo Park.

Video shows how blood or medical samples can be put into a box, and with a push of a button - flown autonomously by a drone.  Stanford Blood Center wants to do the same.

The delivery would be dropped at a receiving station, it would be located in a hospital parking lot or area convenient for medical staff to access.  the FAA recently announced it will select a small number of pilot projects that would help the integration of drones.

Palo Alto's city manager says they've submitted their application and are excited the pilot program could potentially happen in what is considered the birthplace of Silicon Valley.

"We saw it as a really opportune moment for us to be in potentially on the front end of developing policies that could affect cities in the future."

Doctors say if approved, the drones would be used to fly blood in emergencies where time is critical, and they don't have enough staff to transport supplies quickly.

Stanford is hopeful the project is chosen. The FAA is expected to make a decision within the next 90 days.

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