Drones, drones, drones. Drones are everywhere, and the technology is going some amazing places.
Instead of merely being the stuff of science fiction, the idea of flying cars is quickly becoming a reality.
From single seat flying motorcycles, to family cars, and now, researchers at the California Institute of Technology are in the process of creating a “Personal Rescue System,” or autonomous drone ambulance, intended to change the future of emergency response.
The goal of the self-flying drone ambulance is to airlift injured or trapped victims in hard to reach disaster zones, reports CBS San Francisco.
During the flight, the patient’s vital signs would be monitored by sensors inside the drone.
The drone would reportedly be the size of a small car and piloted by an artificial intelligence system.
Caltech scientists say a full-sized drone ambulance system could be ready within five years.
With a one of a kind wall, researchers are simulating nearly every weather condition to test how the drone responds.
For now, they’re using a 1/5th scale model. The actual drone will be the size of a small car and piloted by an artificial intelligence system.
“That can basically negotiate with situations, reason and make the best decision in order to save the life of the person it carries,” said Gharib.
Researchers hope to launch a long range test of a larger, self-flying model before the end of 2018. They predict a full-sized drone rescue system could be in use within three to five years.
Researchers say batteries powering the drone ambulance should allow the vehicle to fly for up to 20 minutes per trip.
There you have it. If you ever grew up watching sci-fi television and movies and always dreamed of flying cars zipping across the skies, that day is upon us, and soon you’ll be flown straight to the emergency room with no traffic jams to worry about.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
May 1st, 2018