In time, almost all modern modes of transportation will be fully automated. Instead, passengers will either be passive, free to focus their attention on the tasks of their choice while on their way to work (if they are not telecommuters, which in time will also be the norm), or nonexistent, as the delivery of goods and services will be increasingly taken over by drones.
But the use of drones will not be limited to the delivery of goods and services. They will also be used to ferry emergency personnel. Take for example the AirMule, an unmanned VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft.
Developed by Tactical Robotics Ltd., a subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics, Ltd., the AirMule is a drone designed to perform the function of delivering emergency services to injured soldiers and civilians on the ground. What’s unique about the AirMule is its ability to target and land in densely populated urban environments. It’s also able to withstand extreme whether conditions, including winds up to 50 knots.
With several covered internal rotors, the AirMule’s footprint is only slightly larger than a HUMVEE’s, allowing it to land in narrow and formerly difficult to access terrain. Other features provided by the AirMule’s patented internal rotors system include the ability to hover in place with high precision, a payload capacity of 500 kilograms, low noise, and maneuverability in tight quarters.
Although you won’t see AirMules replacing conventional ambulances anytime soon, it’s certainly a technological harbinger of what’s to come.