Drones are usually used for different reasons such as recreational purposes like shooting videos from an arial view or just to test your flying skills. Another reason drones are used is to spy on people. Who knew it could also be used as an agent of delivery? A drone service firm is in talks with the Ugandan government on a deal to deliver blood packages, drugs and medical equipment to public health facilities, an executive told Reuters on Friday. A deal could see Uganda join a small number of other African countries, such as Ghana and Rwanda, that have deployed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help public health logistics. Uganda’s public hospitals often face shortages of essential supplies, such as blood, drugs, syringes, gauze and gloves, sometimes due to unreliable transport th
The most recent study by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and Oxford Insights reveals that Kenya ranks first in Africa to prepare for the adoption of the new technology. In the global level, Kenya ranks 52nd, leaving behind other African countries. It is the most prepared country for artificial intelligence in Africa, According to the 2019 Government AI Readiness Index published. Out of the 194 countries ranked in the world, 12 African countries are in the top100. Kenya is the 52nd globally followed by Tunisia (54th), Mauritius (60th), South Africa (68th) and Ghana (75th). The other countries in the top100 are Morocco (80th), Uganda (91st), Senegal (93rd), Tanzania (94th) and Rwanda (99th). The indicators taken into account during the elaboration of this index are pe
Robotic technology is quietly transforming the world of agriculture. It is estimated that around 700 thousand tractors equipped with autosteer or tractor guidance will be sold in 2028. According to the Agricultural Robots and Drones 2018-2038: Technologies, Markets, Players report over 40 thousand unmanned fully-autonomous tractors will be sold in 2038. The take up will remain slow as users will only slowly become convinced that transitioning from level 4 to level 5 autonomy is value for money. This process will be helped by the rapidly falling price of the automaton suite. The rise of fleets of small agricultural robots Autonomous mobile robots are causing a paradigm shift in the way we envisage commercial and industrial vehicles. In traditional thinking, bigger is often better. T...
The cutting edge of drone delivery isn't one of the usual technology hotspots, such as Singapore or the United States. The honor belongs to East Africa. Drone delivery is finally getting off the ground in Africa. Zipline, a pioneering drone startup that began delivering blood packs to Rwanda’s remote hospitals in October 2016, recently announced a major expansion into Tanzania. In early 2018 the company will begin flying its delivery drones to more than 1000 health care facilities around Tanzania, bringing urgently needed medicines and supplies to big hospitals and tiny rural clinics alike. This is an ambitious expansion from a company that has only been in operation a few months: At 364,900 square miles, Tanzania is roughly 35 times larger than Rwanda. Once Zipline is fully up and