Originally posted 2016-08-18 12:17:36.
Drones are playing an important role in the advanced world ranging from predators to the surveillance services. Delivery drone is a new concept that is about to show up at your doorsteps, carrying your packages from Amazon. The most important of all is that soon these delivery drones will take the shape of life saving machines, carrying precious human lives to the health care centers.
Such passenger drones will resemble a huge quad-copter that can carry a single passenger at the speed of around 62-65 miles per hour. They will be capable of 23-25 minutes flight. The Chinese started up with the project and unveiled its 1st such drone, Ehang 184, at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas in January 2016. Passengers have to take the help of computer tablets to set way points for the drone to follow. One click is enough for both take off and return. The rest of all the flight functions are controlled by the drone itself. As per EHang representatives, the passenger drone will be hitting the market any time in 2016/17.
How Drones Can Help as Life Saving Machines
Drones can do plentiful jobs than just acting as helicopters. The U.S. military has shown its strongest desire in such autonomous drones that can carry injured soldiers from the battle field to the nearby healthcare center for an immediate treatment. U.S. defense companies have demonstrated in March 2015 how a robot helicopter, K-MAX, could evacuate a wounded soldier from the battle field, according to Military.com. The K-MAX unmanned cargo helicopter was developed by Lockheed Martin and built by Kaman Aerospace. The K-MAX has flown almost 1,900 combat missions for delivering cargo of U.S. Marine Corps.
The Israeli defense company, Tactical Robotics has also been working on the project of a heavy-lifting ambulance drone that will be capable of transporting 2-3 injured warrior from the battle field to the nearest hospital for treatment within a radius of almost 31 miles. The unmanned aerial vehicle, known as AirMule, was experimented and its first autonomous flight test was conducted in Dec, 2015. The company is aiming to demonstrate this year the AirMule’s ability to fly “beyond the line of sight” and follow a predetermined path.
Such ambulance drones can give an excellent sense of saving precious lives in risky battlefield situations where other air crafts face the risk of being attacked or shot down by surface to air or air to air missiles. A front-line commander may take the risk of drone carrying an injured soldier than the risk of normal helicopter. Drone will be the most feasible option in this regard. You can take it as a perfect example of using a machine or a robot to do the hazardous work that a human helicopter pilot or crew might have to perform otherwise. In the case of a drone such as the K-MAX or AirMule, human operators can control the drone by keeping themselves at a safer location far from battle field.
Simple Personal Passenger Drones
Simple personal passenger drones for the transportation of persons, will be requiring separate justifications for their existence. It is also possible that that in future the passenger drone may replace the manned helicopter. But it will be really a tough job because these drones will have to prove their safety by meeting high standards from government regulators in civilian airspace.
Similar challenges are being by faced by the companies’ striving for making flying cars and smart cars. Smart cars have already been introduced but risk factors are still serious issues. However the flying car idea almost makes better sense than the personal messenger drones. Firms such as Terrafugia envision their flying cars as being heavily automated and capable of flying themselves for the most part: the car that can fly and run on the road with utmost flexibility.
Here we can also consider the matter of trust. An injured soldier will not be hesitant of flying aboard on an ambulance drone for the sake of his life. But an ordinary civilian will never put his life at risk and may not feel comfortable flying on an automated aerial vehicle. With the advancement of technology, technology itself is proving its credibility. People may now feel less hesitant to travel on an automated car but flying in air without pilot will definitely require another leap of trust. Will you be ready to this risk?????????