NCDOT Drone Program Wants Your On-line Vote for Prime Transportation Award – Drones Information
RALEIGH – The NC Department of Transportation’s drone program was again named a finalist for a national award.
And the program could win a national award with enough online public votes.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) today recognized NCDOT’s Drone Medical Delivery program as one of the “Top 12” projects at the America’s Transportation Awards 2020. The top 12 can win two grand prizes – the grand prize, which is awarded by a jury, and the People’s Choice Award, which is determined through an online public vote.
“Our drone program has put our state at the forefront of shipping and logistics innovation,” said NCDOT Secretary Eric Boyette. “In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic in particular, we have demonstrated the value of this entirely new mode of transportation in relieving medical supply chains and improving health care for the people of North Carolina.” It is definitely worth the award and I hope people will vote for it. “
Since the start at the WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh last year, the drone delivery program has been expanded to include additional medical supplies in the Mecklenburg and Forsyth districts. More routes are to be added this year.
North Carolina has completed more than 3,000 medical drone flights to date. These flights served nearly 6,000 patients.
Three of the five approved routine drone delivery services in the country are located in North Carolina.
Anyone can vote for Drones: North Carolina’s Future of Health Logistics as part of the People’s Choice Award. Simply visit the America’s Transportation Awards to cast your vote. Participants can vote once a day each day until the competition ends at midnight on October 25th.
NCDOT’s drone program was nominated for the same awards last year for pioneering use of drones in disaster relief after Hurricane Florence.
The winners will be announced at the AASHTO virtual annual meeting the week of November 9th. Winners will receive $ 10,000 to a charity or scholarship fund of their choice.