No one likes to be stuck in a traffic jam, but for those who are in an ambulance and struggling to survive, the situation is nightmarish, to say the least.
Thankfully, Goutham Sharma and Jervis Anthony Saldanha, final year students of the MV Jayaraman College of Engineering (MVJCE) in Bengaluru have come up with a solution to ensure that people who are stuck in a dire medical situation have access to intensive medical aid and emergency medical services.
The duo has designed a high-speed hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which can zoom past traffic and obstacles to serve as an air-ambulance for patients. Equipped with emergency medical equipment, and able to manoeuvre in tight spaces with a vertical take-off and landing, the drone-ambulance will make medical emergencies easy to attend to.
The UAV will carry automated external defibrillators, in addition to automated blood pressure apparatus and other emergency medical equipment. Jervis who spoke to the New Indian Express said that the idea was to provide timely medical aid to those who needed it urgently.
They are also working towards improving the capability of the device “Right now it is devised in such a way that it can carry a person weighing 50 kg, but due to space constraints, the person has to be in a sleeping position. We are working on that,” he says.
Goutham is an electronics and communication engineering student, while Jervis is pursuing a degree in aeronautical engineering. They were able to research and develop the prototype, with a little help from their friends.
The two spent over a year in developing the UAV and hope to launch it by April 2018. In addition to this, they also plan to build a drone which will be especially used to transport organs across cities.
The duo will participate in a contest for drones in Australia in September this year. The students were guided by Air Commodore (Retd.) SC Gupta, who is a Professor, and the Head of the Aeronautical Engineering Department at MVJCE.
For patients in need of urgent medical care, it is essential that the right medical care is provided at the right time. The drone is probably a look into future of air transportation and is a vital innovation for the benefit of the public. However, a major obstacle it faces is the ban on drones in India.
Goutham commented on this, saying that, “We have sent an email about this to Jayant Sinha, the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation. We really hope something good happens.”
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