Intelligent Lifeguard Drone Rescues Victims From Drowning
Smart aerial robot prototype successfully performs search and rescue with life preservers.
The average human takes 90 seconds to reach and save a drowning victim who is 75 meters from the beach. It takes Pars 22 seconds. Unmanned robotic aerial systems, designed to do human tasks more efficiently and with faster speeds, are increasingly being deployed for emergencies ranging from delivering defibrillators to heart attack victims to helping police search for missing persons. This lifeguard drone prototype from the RTS Labs in Iran is remote controlled by a human and is able to fly for 10 minutes on a single charge to provide immediate help to those drowning near coastlines. Pars is also smart enough to track its own path by GPS positioning and at the end of its mission it can come back home without the need of user guidance. Choppy waters do not affect Pars, and if a heat camera is added, it could recognize people at night. In theory, it could also carry up to three regular life preservers at once to assist multiple people who are drowning with one flight. With added landing gears, Pars could also potentially pull someone out of the water.