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The Ambulance Drone

September 09, 2020

If an emergency occurs, how long do you think that person will wait for an ambulance? If someone has a heart attack or a gunshot wound, waiting for an ambulance, even if only 5-10 minutes, may be too late. In the future, these problems will be eliminated with Ambulance Drone.

The Ambulance Drone is a prototype high speed drone that delivers Automated Defibrillators (AED) in the event of a cardiac arrest. Developed by engineering graduate Alec Momont of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), it can fly at speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour). Painted in emergency services yellow and driven by six propellers, the drone can carry a four kilogramme load. The drone tracks emergency mobile calls and uses GPS to navigate to the emergency site. Using a live-stream webcam, the drone instructor or pilot can instruct on how to use the AEDs and provide instructions for giving emergency aid.

In the future, most ambulances will be converted to quadcopters to offer faster response times by avoiding traffic altogether, as well as reaching more remote destinations. This technology will help patients in an emergency situation have a greater chance of survival.