According to dronedj, a group of Italian researchers will be the first to test the delivery of transplant kidneys via drone in Europe.
The trials will begin in the second half of September in Turin. The Piedmont region leads Italy in the number of kidney transplants annually. In 2020, the area conducted 244 of the operations out of the national total of 1937. The demonstrations hope to replicate the successful U.S tests conducted in Maryland during 2019, when a drone successfully delivered a kidney.
The drone delivery trials are funded by a grant from the Italian Organ Donation and Transplantation Foundation.