Alec Momont (TU Delft), Living Tomorrow
Ambulance Drone is a drone designed for medical emergency response and supply delivery.
The Ambulance Drone is a prototype high speed drone that delivers Automated Defribrillators (AED) in the event of a cardiac arrest. 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.
Europe and United States
Unknown, as product is still in prototype phase
~18,000 USD (15,000 Euros)
Similar products include: HQ-40 Drone by Latitude Engineering, Zipline drones, WeRobotics, Matternet, and Flirtey.
Drones are built with navigation and technology on an open platform. The drones are built using 3D printed micro-structures and carbon fiber frame construction.
The plan is to sell directly to customers as well as medical facilities and emergency response providers.
None, the product is still in prototype phase.
A list of known products/services the device can deliver
Maximum distance the transport device can travel from its origin
The drone is built on a standard quadcopter driven by a GPS, pilot, or a combination of both. It is designed and built with a carbon fiber frame to keep the drone lightweight and is driven using electric motors powered by a battery pack.
The drone has an embedded webcam with audio capabilities for live-stream connection to allow professionals to deliver instructions remotely.
The average successful AED usage by an untrained person is currently 20%, but the Ambulance Drone aims to increase successful usage to 90% by implementing personalized medical instructions and remote communication.
This product is still in the testing phase.
The ambulance drone is built with an embedded navigation system to avoid collision. It also features a webcam that provides a live feed to the controller as both a communication avenue and a safety precaution.
Scott, J.E. and Scott, C.H., 2017, Drone Delivery Methods for Healthcare, 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.
Lennartsson, J., 2015, Strategic Placement of Ambulance Drones for Delivering Defibrillators to Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Victims (Dissertation).
Goodchild, A. and Toy, J., 2016, Delivery by Drone: An Evaluation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technology in Reducing CO2 Emissions in the Delivery Service Industry, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 61, pp. 58-67.
Although the status of testing is unknown, the manufacturer cites successful AED usage rates, patient survival rates, and speed of delivery as evaluation criteria.
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