Robotic Ambulance: A flying Machine

So we all know various types of flying machines and every machine has its own use. Well, the airplanes are also in a way an autonomous flying machines but still needs to be controlled at many instances. Now there is a technology coming up which is a flying ambulance and is 100% autonomous that is it won’t have a pilot inside it.

It is meant to complete missions in rough terrain or combat zones,  helicopters currently offering the best transportation option in most cases. Invented by an Israeli company Urban Aeronautics, they completed a test flight for a robotic flying vehicle. This autonomous vehicle is designed to eventually carry people or equipment and is pretty evident from its former name Airmule, without a human pilot on board. The robotic flyer pilots itself entirely through laser altimeters, radar and sensors. The system is “smart” enough to self-correct when it makes mistakes, company

Another interesting fact about this is that the aircraft doesn’t need to worry about bumping into a wall and damaging the rotors because the Cormorant uses ducted fans rather than propellers or rotors to fly and these fans are effectively shielded rotors.

The video of its test which was conducted last month will show how technology is progressing and I can not wait for the day when we all will be in space.



4 thoughts on “Robotic Ambulance: A flying Machine

  1. I think this is a phenomenal idea that if developed properly could be put into practical use. Not all medical emergencies require assistance on the ride to the hospital and this could expedite the process of getting someone into full care at the actual hospital.
    If these flying ambulances had the ability to add medical personnel in serious emergencies, it could prioritize where critical people are and allow for lives to be saved.
    Technology still needs to progress before this idea could be put into practice, however, the basics are there and with development it could be very effective.

  2. I agree with Martin, and as I was reading the article, I was thinking about the exact same things. One of my concerns is that it self corrects itself when it makes a mistake; however, what are some of these mistakes? Are they light mistakes because how can it auto correct itself when something malfunctions. Like Martin, I cannot help but think that there are going be issues in its early stage. However, on the bright side of things, I think it is absolutely amazing that this technology can immediately benefit casualties during war. It can also greatly benefit the average American by being utilized as a search and rescue vehicle if they are in the mountains or any other hazardous area. Furthermore, with the Internet of Things, imagine how feasible it would be to rescue people without having to worry about traffic, all at the control of a button.

  3. The Cormorant UAV is a great example of progress in technology because we are reducing the amount of people who take risks from traveling into dangerous territories. I believe the UAV is going to lead to great new improvements not just in the war field but also for human productivity. If the UAV were to be ever mass produced for people the possibilities would be endless, and it would create a whole new market. For example instead of going grocery shopping yourself, you could buy your items online which afterwords would be placed in the UAV and sent home. In class we discussed entrepreneurs and their qualities, I believe if someone where to have the resources and mental capability to do so they would benefit from it largely. One concern that does arise from this is security. The UAV is a step future to the IOT because of productivity that could arise from this project.
    Below are a few more examples of different uses of UAVs.

  4. This is a very interesting idea. Flying machines are emerging everywhere today including hovering technology. I cannot remember exactly where I saw it but, there is a flying bike like the one in the original Star Wars films that is being produced. With that in mind, do you believe that the anonymity is a necessary feature for an ambulance? While it could be relatively safer to use this type of transportation, ultimately there is always the risk of technology malfunctions. This could result in more serious injuries due to the nature of its use. Also, does 100% autonomous mean that there is no medical personnel on board? In regards to this idea, medical personnel are essential in treating and stabilizing the wounded victim within the vehicle. Also, personnel would be required to transport the victim into the aircraft. While this is a great innovation, could it lead to more issues in its early stages of use?

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