Google gets patent for fleet of ambulance drones
The proposal would use drones to bring supplies to people in medical emergencies; drones would be designed for specific situations like choking or cardiac arrest
International Business Times
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google wants to create a fleet of ambulance drones that could be used to reach humans stranded in remote locations during medical emergencies, according to a patent granted to the tech giant Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The patent -- officially titled "Providing emergency medical services using unmanned aerial vehicles" -- involves a fleet of drones that could be dispatched to provide medical support, meaning they could bring necessary supplies to humans during an emergency. For example, one of these drones could be sent to exhausted hikers to bring them an emergency supply of water or they could also be used to send other kinds of medical supplies, such as first aid kits, various kinds of defibrillators or EpiPens, according to the patent's description.
Each drone in the fleet would be slightly different to accommodate for a variety of medical situations. The drones "may include a package that is designed for a particular medical situation such as choking, cardiac arrest, shock, asthma, drowning, etc.," Google said in the patent documents.