The concept

The Surviver is a sneak peek for a new generation of ambulance that would be quieter, smoother to ride, and easier to work with than with existing models.

The background

I’ve asked a ER Staff over the past few months on how ambulances could be improved. One key problem is the suspension system of current models, which shakes around the patient and the staff in the back quite a bit. The second problem is the noise coming from the siren, which makes it difficult to communicate with the driver and the hospital. Based on working to solve these key problems, I started working to figure out how we could design a new line of ambulances. These early sketches were created to start the discussion on the subject.

How it works

The Surviver would be the same size as the current North American ambulance, however it would to be a little more aerodynamic on the front, and it would be electric. It would be powered by four powerful inwheel electric motors, which means that you wouldn’t have a big bulky engine in the front, but you could use the space for batteries.

The Survivor’s rear cargo bay would be designed with a low floor to make it easier to move the stretchers inside. This bay would incorporate a seat for the doctor, nurse, or paramedic, along with foldable jumper seats. Inside the walls there would be specific spaces to install the oxygen tanks and solutes. The vehicle would feature large tinted windows on the sides, and outside noises could be dampened by sound insulation material and a noise reduction system like the ones found in airplanes.

The ceiling would have two sets of LED lights with dimmers on the walls. One colored set would provide lights for the patients, so they are not confined to a dark box. The other set of LEDs could be located on the side bench pointing towards the floor. One major problem in ambulances is the vibration that comes from the road. The Surviver should thus be equipped with the best possible suspension on the market, possibly the Bose active suspension system. It could also feature a second suspension system built under the stretcher, or a system that would hold the whole cargo bay.

An excellent communication system should be designed and installed in the Surviver so that people in the back would be able to clearly hear the driver and communicate with him easily. The Surviver would also include a Bluetooth cellphone microphone and speaker systems to make it easier to talk with the hospitals.

The Survivor would be used as an ambulance to replace existing fleets. I am not certain the front windshield should be as large as the current image shows, or if the rear cargo bay should be separated from the frame by a suspension. Your ideas and comments are welcome on every matter concerning this project.

The designer

I would like to thank Ray Mattison from Design Eye-Q who created the renderings of the Surviver concept. He studied at the College for Creative Studies, and he has worked for Cirrus Aircraft and Exodus Machines. Ray also created the images of the Seatrick.