Workhorse, USOG partner to support drone delivery of medical supplies

Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ: WKHS) has announced it has partnered with Unmanned Systems Operations Group, Inc. (USOG) to launch a pilot drone delivery program in the San Diego area to serve healthcare providers, pharmacies and specialized medical courier services using drone delivery system HorseFly, the company said.

Workhorse designed the HorseFly as a custom built, high-efficiency unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which is fully integrated with the Company´s NGEN electric delivery vehicles as well as its legacy models through a completely cloud-based software system. In practice, USOG personnel will be able to monitor multiple autonomous UAV flights while customers are able to track their deliveries through a delivery app which allows for real-time data transmission for information such as package location and vehicle status as well as onboard video.

The HorseFly system conforms to the Federal Aviation Administration´s (FAA) standards for UAV operation in the United States. Workhorse and USOG will be operating these pilot programs in compliance within all FAA rules and regulations and are also subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a 1996 Federal law that restricts access to individuals´ private medical information.

Workhorse and USOG are initially working together in the FAA´s unmanned aerial system (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP) in San Diego, CA, in which USOG is utilizing a Workhorse step van and Horsefly with the goal of adding additional programs in the coming months.

Workhorse Group Inc. is a technology company focused on providing electric mobility solutions to the transportation sector.

Unmanned Systems Operations Group, Inc. (USOG) is a provider of end-to-end, unmanned mobile medical delivery logistics. USOG´s autonomous systems are integrated with the Workhorse N-GEN electric delivery truck, which features a control center for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator and an auto-launch and recovery system located on the vehicle´s rooftop.