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Dutch Student Invents “Ambulance Drone” That Can Save Millions Of Heart Attack Victims.

When they were first introduced, Drones were regarded with some skepticism; nowadays, however, people have come to see the many uses for the new tech. Drones are used for everything from commercial photography to surveying areas buried by landslides.

Back in 2014, Alec Momont had to complete a final project before graduating with a Master’s degree from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He came up with a product that puts drone technology to good use and has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives: the Ambulance Drone.


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In just the European Union alone, 800,000 people suffer from a cardiac arrest event each year, but only 8 percent survive, largely because it takes medical personnel so long to arrive, he said. The typical response time is 10 minutes, but “brain death and fatalities occur within four to six minutes.”


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The “Ambulance Drone” prototype he developed is designed to carry a defibrillator and can fly more than 60 mph, meaning it can reach cardiac patients in a fraction of that time.

The drones are designed to track emergency calls and use GPS to navigate to the scene where a live person can then guide anyone helping the victim on how to use the defibrillator.


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In the video below, Momont discusses the use of technology for the greater good during a 2015 TEDx Talk.

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