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The Netherlands has unveiled a prototype of an “ambulance drone” which could potentially save lives by offering a rapid response after heart attack incidents. The yellow-painted drone can gain speeds up to 100 km per hour and is equipped with a defibrillator.
The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is flown with the aid of six propellers and can carry up to four kilograms, according to the creator of the project, Alec Momont, who revealed the first test model at the Netherlands’ Delft University of Technology.
The drone can deliver a defibrillator to a patient within a 12 square kilometer (4.6 square mile) zone in just one minute, increasing the chance of survival from eight percent to 80 percent.
The majority of deaths following cardiac arrest are due to slow emergency response time, according to the developer.
The UAV can receive emergency mobile calls and use the GPS signal to locate the person in distress. An operator can then talk, observe, and instruct the patient via the camera mounted on the drone.
The idea has already grabbed the attention of medical services in Amsterdam, the Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad reported.