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Chennai students design drone to take first-aid to accident site

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CHENNAI: Students of the St. Peters Institute of Higher Education and Research, Avadi, Chennai, have designed a drone which can carry a first-aid box. It can carry the box to an accident site before an ambulance or rescue vehicle reaches.

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is designed keeping in mind that there may not be a medical staffer at the accident spot.

Experts say almost half of the road accident victims can be saved if they are provided first aid and treatment within the golden hour, the first hour after the accident.

“The UAV works on GPS,” said S Parvez Basham one of the students.

“The UAV can carry a first-aid box weighing 8kg and fly at up to 70kmph. The prototype can be remotely controlled for up to 3km, and the team is working on a model capable of being controlled for a longer distance,” said M Yuvaraj, project guide.

“The UAV has an interactive display that can play out videos explaining the kind of first aid to be given for various types of accidents and injuries,” said S Samraj, another student.

The updated version of the drone will have enhanced features which will avoid collision with birds, insects and airborne objects.

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