Alec Momont, a graduating student of IDE, devised an ambulance drone that could substantially increase the chances of survival of those suffering cardiac arrest. The unmanned mini-aircraft has medical equipment on board, such as a defibrillator, and it can communicate with emergency-services operators.
The drone can travel at a speed of 100 kilometres per hour, enabling it to reach a victim in one minute within a twelve-square-kilometre area. Although it is currently illegal to operate unmanned aerial vehicles, Momont predicts that his idea could be realised within five years. The drone is expected to cost €15,000.