Drones to be tested for Japanese ambulance use
The trials will involve medics flying medicines, defibrillators and other medical supplies to places where airborne delivery will be faster than on land.
KYUSHU, Japan — First responders will test the use of drones to help sick or injured people this fall in an initiative that could see the remote-controlled devices added to emergency kits nationwide.
The trials in Kyushu will involve medics flying medicines, defibrillators and other medical supplies to places where airborne delivery will be faster than on land.
Drones add more options for rescuers to reach patients,
said project leader Yusuke Enjoji, an official in the Saga Prefectural Government.
Enjoji is CEO of the group behind the project, the Emergency Medical and Disaster Coping Automated Drones Support System Utilization Promotion Council, or Edac.
Trials will involve flights at a Kyushu University campus in Fukuoka and locations in Saga. The tests will focus on drones’ accuracy and resilience in windy conditions.
The trials are scheduled to continue until March, and the findings will be presented at symposiums in Fukuoka and Tokyo.
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