The Drone that can save lives
In December 2013, when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that his company plans to offer 30-minute product deliveries via unmanned aerial vehicles (more commonly referred to as “drones”), people were skeptical.
However, last October, Alec Momont, a grad student from the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology had developed a prototype drone that delivers a defibrillator to a heart attack victim. To address the reality that the victim’s chance of survival decreases dramatically with each passing minute, this “ambulance drone” is guided by GPS to a mobile phone location within 4.6 square miles in under a minute. Once there, the drone uses live streaming audio and video to allow emergency personnel to provide instructions on how to use the defibrillator correctly, and transmit the patient’s vital signs.
This new type of drones can go over 100 km/h and reaches its destination within one minute, which increases chance of survival from 8% to 80%! The drone, then folds up and becomes a toolbox for all kind of emergency supplies.
Future implementations will also serve other use cases such as drowning, diabetes, respiratory issues and traumas.