AI and Robotics Technology Park (ARTPARK), a not-for-profit foundation supported by the Indian Institute of Science, has embarked on two air mobility projects that have the potential to significantly transform healthcare.
One is the development of an unmanned aerial vehicle for human organ transportation, and the other is the ambitious Aero108 air ambulance capable of carrying one patient, one operator, one paramedic (humanoid), and patient life support systems. The vehicle is also capable of transporting up to 350 kg of useful cargo. However, the organization first plans to tackle the challenge of organ transport. Considering the size of the country and road conditions, it could turn out to be very useful.
Organ Transplant will be Looked at First
To begin, an ARTPARK team is working on developing a UAV capable of rapid human organ transport. “When we have to transport human organs, there is a time limit within which they can be transplanted. There are hospitals for organ retrieval and hospitals for organ transplantation.
The Air Ambulance Project
The plan is to also create an autonomous air ambulance called Aero108 that can carry two people: the patient and a humanoid who will act as a paramedic.
According to ARTPARK, Aero 108 will be outfitted with cutting-edge instruments and will be capable of autonomous operations, as well as having interactive technology that will connect patients and medical staff even when they are separated by vast distances.
It also stated that the Aero108s will be monitored by control center hubs located throughout the country. These stations will direct the nearest Aero108 to the emergency location.
The Air Ambulance will transport one patient, one operator, one paramedic, and life support systems. The air ambulances will either be stationed at hospitals or at a hub. They will take off from there and fly to the site of the emergency, pick up the patient, and land at the hospital.