Saving lives from the sky

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If you are in a hard-to-reach place and fall ill, immediate health assistance may be crucial. A project that works to develop ambulance drones may revolutionize Norwegian health care services.

Today, ambulance helicopters are crucial to save lives in inaccessible places. But the emergency response of ambulance helicopters are often too slow to reach an accident in time. Within five years, this might be resolved: Researchers at NTNU in Gjøvik, Norway, are working to develop driverless ambulance drones that can carry doctors, passengers, and medical equipment.

“Drones will be able to quickly arrive on a scene and transport patients”, said Professor Mohammad Derawi to Gemini Research News. Derawi is the head of the project.

Although driverless drones may sound scary, there are several advantages to drones over helicopters. Drones have quicker emergency response and require fewer resources. The fact that drones are battery powered and navigate by GPS make them more flexible, and they are more able land in inaccessible places.

The NTNU project is work in progress – funding and other issues must be in place before the ambulance drone is born. But once all is settled, it could revolutionize our health care system.