Taxi drones are (for a lot of people) the solution to the woes of daily commute. Imagine flying to work instead of using a car, and suffering through traffic on a regular basis. Think of a world where one can easily call a taxi drone to pick you up from anywhere.
No more relying on cab-hailing apps on the phones, and in fact, no more personally hailing a cab by the roadside as well. A taxi drone, with its autonomous system, can do all the work while you sit down and relax.
The World of Flying Cars
Even in books from the 1950s, a flying car that does not have to deal with traffic jams has always been the dream. With drone technology, that is not only possible, but an inevitable destination.
In more serious usage for a drone transports however, we look into the idea of ambulance drones. Yes, while it is great to have a drone to take you to places, it can be a lifesaving idea for these transport drones to carry injured people to hospitals. Think about it – the same issues everyday people have such as traffic jams and roadside accidents affect ambulances.
Time and the Ambulance
In the field of medicine, time is the most important factor in determining a patient’s survival. From receiving first aid on the field, to getting proper treatment at a hospital, it is all a game against the clock. For ambulances, several laws help in ensuring they arrive on a timely manner. First, they do not have to follow road rules at the event of an emergency.
Cars also move out of the way in case an ambulance siren is nearby. In countries such as Germany, in the event of deadlocked traffic, cars line up at the side of the road to still have room for an ambulance to drive through.
That is where a more vital use of a taxi drone lies. A transport drone, not requiring a driver, can land at the area and take the patient to the nearest hospital in a flash. This avoids any road obstacles, and gives the person a better chance of survival.
Delivery drones right now are also in the medical field. All over the world, drones deliver items such as medicine and blood from hospitals to more remote areas. This cuts delivery time to a fraction of what it was. For far away rural areas with difficult road conditions, getting a timely dose of medicine is hard. A flying transport that bypasses land obstacles, roads, and other problems can get there faster.
Of course, the ambulance drone idea is far from perfect at this point in time. Currently, transport drones are all still in their initial testing phases. They are far from mass-production. Issues include flight time, weight restrictions, and control itself. Flight time is a vital aspect, as it determines how far a transport drone can go. Shorter flight time means a patient can only receive drone aid at a certain short distance from the hospital. This is because it would include both back and forth trips in one full charge.
Another issue is the flight’s stability. A person from a car accident for example would require transport that does not have a lot of bumps and breaks. A drone, while capable of flight, may be less stable for a downed patient. This can even make the situation worse for the person needing assistance, as it can aggravate injuries.
Having an autonomous driver can also provide problems. While it removes the excess weight of an added person onboard, having the patient all by their lonesome poses some risks. If the patient’s condition worsens, nobody would be there to react, for example.