A German lab is hoping to cut the time it takes to send coronavirus tests across Berlin by using drones and thus avoiding the capital’s clogged roads. California-based company Matternet is currently testing drone deliveries between a hospital and Labor Berlin, one of the largest laboratories in Europe. The route from drone to lab is about 11 kilometers (7 miles) as the drone flies, and officials expect to cut standard delivery times from about an hour to around 10 minutes, when service on the route begins in January. “The whole topic of ‘time to result’ is really important.... You want to identify the person and get the result as soon as possible so that the person can self-isolate or be able to just continue with normal daily life,” said Klaus Tenning, who is leading the project for Labor Berlin.

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