November 2, 2014
THIS IS A LIFE-CHANGER. I am typing through tears after watching the dramatic demo video offered by Belgian Graduate Student Alec Momont as he presents the Ambulance Drone.
“Our vision is to improve current emergency infrastructure with a network of drones capable of saving lives,” he says in the video. He proposes that the ambulance drone, uninhibited by road infrastructure, brings the average emergency response time from 10 minutes to 1 minute. Speeding up response time saves the crucial moments that can mean the difference between life and death, and can significantly reduce the brain damage that can occur within the first moments of trauma.
Additional information from Momont’s landing page:
Lifesaving technologies such as an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), medication, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) aids can be designed compact enough to be carried by a drone. For the Ambulance Drone, a new type of frame was developed that is a compact flying toolbox containing essential supplies for (lay-person) advanced life support. Portability and foldability help the drone to be used anywhere, also indoors. The first prototype focuses on the delivery of an Automated Defibrillator (AED).
“Let’s use drones for a good purpose: to save lives.”
Momont presented this project, which is the result of his Master Thesis, upon graduation last Tuesday at Delft University of Technology. He is reportedly looking to begin his search for project funding, which will face both rigorous live testing and the necessity of updated air traffic laws in order to allow the product to come to market.
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