The idea of using drones for rescue purposes is not a new one. Already concepts and prototypes have been developed for search and rescue drones that could be able to detect victims caught in hard to reach places or medical drones that would bring supplies closer to the victim. However, argodesign has built upon the drone idea to develop a concept that would be able save the lives that are lost due to traffic blockages. The team came up with the drone ambulance concept.
Studies have estimated that about 1.000 lives are lost every year in big cities due to slow emergency responses. Ambulance cars are stuck in traffic precious minutes that could make the difference between saving a life and losing it. The drone ambulance is a one-person ambulance drone designed after a standard quadcopter. It can be driven by GPS, a pilot or a combination of both. The footprint of the drone is the size of a compact car so it would be able to land anywhere and pick up the patient, before carrying him to the nearest hospital.
“Obviously, it’s not a thoroughly vetted concept, but I think it’s extremely intriguing where drones might show up,” admitted Mark Rolston, founder of argodesign. “It would be nice to see them used this way, rather than another military function or more photography.”
The idea was developed during a brainstorming session while trying to figure out how to make health more accessible. Thus, the designers tried to come up with ideas how to make ambulances better. Of course, such a concept must be first built. There is also the problem of price. Rolston believes the price tag of a drone ambulance would fall in the million dollar range. It would be more expensive than a wheeled ambulance, but less so than a helicopter.
“It’s basic product innovation: Faster, cheaper, better,” Rolston added. “Many more of these would cost less to service.”
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