Drones were trained to carry medical equipment far from yesterday, but no one has yet entrusted them with real work - where it is a question of human life, there is no place for experiment. However, this is exactly what the authors of the Swiss startup FlyPulse did, who set out to compare the speed of an automatic rescuer and a real ambulance.
During 18 test flights over a distance of 3.2 km, the UAV was forced to deliver cargo in the form of a resuscitation kit to the point indicated by those who raised the alarm. Automatic take-off and landing, from the rescue center at the command of the dispatcher who accepted the request, priority is the speed of arrival at the scene. It turned out that the drone performs this task on average in 5 minutes 21 seconds, versus 22 minutes for a conventional ambulance.
The question is - who will carry out resuscitation measures if the UAV only brings equipment? Answer: probably the same bystander who discovered the lifeless body. Of course, this categorically does not fit into the concept of medical care, but back in 2014, the Ambulance Drone was shown in Holland, which is equipped with a camera and a loudspeaker. So that the doctor can remotely manage the resuscitation of the victim.
Mankind is in no hurry to take medical drones into service and entrust them with more or less responsible tasks. However, the Swiss from the FlyPulse team insist that the time has come to work out the issues of integrating automatic machines into existing services. The advantages in solving specific problems are obvious - all that remains is to muster up the courage and tackle this task closely.