Researchers at the University of Toronto are looking into using drones to deliver defibrillators during emergencies. The researchers determined the location of 81 possible drone bases in the greater Toronto area and using an algorithm found that drones carrying defibrillators could respond to cardiac arrest victims faster than emergency personnel. In urban areas the response time would drop from 10 minutes to less than four and in rural areas the response time would be reduced to 9 minutes compared to the normal 19.
The research caught the attention of Canada’s Transport Minister Marc Garneau who granted approval to start testing the idea of drones carrying defibrillators in Foremost, Alberta.
This follows the news in October of drone start up Zipline using drones to deliver blood and medicine to hospitals in rural western Rwanda.