In his latest video, Rober showcases the transformative impact of Zipline technology in Rwanda. The video has already garnered close to 6 million views and more than 16,000 comments on YouTube in less than 24 hours, highlighting the growing interest in drone delivery technology and its potential to transform how goods are delivered globally.
Mark Rober, the famous YouTuber, is known for his YouTube videos on popular science and do-it-yourself gadgets. Before YouTube, he was an engineer with NASA for nine years, where he spent seven years working on the Curiosity rover at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He later worked for four years at Apple Inc. as a product designer in their Special Projects Group, where he authored patents involving virtual reality in self-driving cars.
Rwanda was the first country where Zipline launched its operations in 2016, delivering blood and medication to hospitals using drones. This saved many lives in Rwanda and transformed how blood is delivered to hospitals in rural areas in Rwanda.
The partnership between Rwanda and Zipline is a testament to the transformative power of technology in improving people’s lives. President Paul Kagame has praised the partnership as a case in point of the transformation of economic prosperity that changes people’s lives for the better. According to Kagame, the growth and value of this partnership speak for themselves.
In his latest video that has gone viral, Mark Rober tackles on Zipline’s next-generation technology, Platform 2 (P2), which provides quiet, fast, and precise autonomous delivery services directly to homes in cities and suburbs. The company’s new platform is expected to deliver up to seven times as fast as traditional automobile delivery, completing 10-mile deliveries in about 10 minutes. Rwanda is expected to be Zipline’s first customer for the service, which it will use to enable urban aerial last-mile delivery to homes, hotels, and health facilities in Kigali and elsewhere in the country.
Zipline serves more than 3,400 health centers and more than 45 million people. Zipline delivers 75% of Rwanda’s blood supply outside the country’s capital city. The company has completed more than 540,000 commercial deliveries, more than most other companies in the sector combined. Zipline completed more deliveries in 2022 than in all previous years combined and plans to complete about 1 million deliveries by the end of 2023. By 2025, Zipline expects to operate more flights annually than almost all major U.S. airlines.
Zipline’s flights reduce the carbon emissions of deliveries by 97% compared to gas cars and are also far more efficient than electric vehicles. Zipline hires entirely local leaders and teams in every market it serves. The company operates on three continents and in Rwanda, Ghana, the U.S., Japan, Nigeria, Kenya, and Côte d’Ivoire.
The partnership between Rwanda and Zipline serves as an inspiration to other countries to invest in innovative solutions that can transform the lives of their citizens. With Zipline’s next-generation technology, the possibilities for drone delivery are endless, and it will be exciting to see how the company continues to innovate and expand its services in the years to come.
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