Drones have been used to spy and attack people in war zones. Now, Alec Momont, a young graduate student at Delft University of Technology, has come up with an innovative application for drones that could one day help save thousands of lives. He designed a prototype of an ambulance drone, an autonomously navigating mini aeroplane that can quickly deliver a defibrillator to where it is needed.
It tracks emergency mobile calls and uses the GPS to navigate. Once at the scene, an operator, like a paramedic, can watch, talk and instruct those helping the victim by using an on-board camera connected to a control room via a livestream webcam. The defibrillator itself operates automatically once it is placed on the victim’s chest.
Momont's plan is to cover the Netherlands with his ambulance drones service. “Let’s use drones for a good purpose, let’s use drones to save lives” he states.
Souce: TU Delft