Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

How Drones Can Help Save Lives When Minutes Count

Alec Momont, a young Belgian engineer has designed an ambulance-drone capable of being dispatched to the scene of an accident (radius of 7.5 square miles) in a minute as opposed to the 10 minutes travel time of a regular ambulance.

The drone can reach a speed of 62 miles per hour and transport an emergency kit and defibrillator. This system, still in the developmental stage, is guaranteed to save lives as the survival rate in the case of a heart attack is closely linked to the response time.


TU Delft - Ambulance Drone: Each year nearly a million people in Europe suffer from a cardiac arrest. A mere 8% survives due to slow response times of emergency services. The ambulance-drone is capable of saving lives with an integrated defibrillator. The goal is to improve existing emergency infrastructure with a network of drones. This new type of drones can go over 100 km/h and reaches its destination within 1 minute, which increases chance of survival from 8% to 80%! This drone 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.

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