Babylon

The Concept

The Babylon is an autonomous motorcycle ambulance. It would be equipped with a tilting stretcher, vitals monitoring devices, and a gyroscopic stabilizing system. Its nimble fuselage would allow the Babylon to squeeze through traffic, back alleys, and rough forest trails.

The Context

This concept was inspired by our Mark and Kaki duo and our Track-ER stretcher concept. However, the Babylon would be faster than these other vehicles and it could cover more distance. We picture this ambulance bike in cities ravaged by war, but it could also carry people in futuristic cities.

How It Works

The Babylon is a self-driving stretcher made to pick up people who are in distress in hard-to-reach locations. Once it arrives, its stretcher would tilt to the front and people on site could securely strap the injured person inside the dome. Back and neck immobilization will protect the patient’s spine and also prevent them from being thrown against the canopy of the Babylon.

The suspension would make the ride as smooth as possible; however safety is a priority. The canopy would be transparent to prevent the occupant from feeling trapped. The inside of the Babylon would be enriched with oxygen, ambient lights, and music to calm the person during the transfer and to assure adequate oxygenation. It would also be possible for the assigned ER doctor (or nurse) to see and talk to the patient in real time via a live video feed and see his vital signs.

The Babylon is a driverless vehicle, so it would be able to leave automatically from any area, find the victim based on the assistance request, and drive the patient to the nearest medical facility. It could also try to identify the patient and send medical information to doctor en route.

An onboard gyroscopic system would be precise and powerful enough to keep the vehicle stable at all times—even when stopped. Both wheels would be powered, so the bike would have a dual drive (DD), which would provide more traction during winter season or while riding on slippery terrain.

The onboard system would manage power consumption by deciding whether it needs to use the dual drive or not. The tire tread would be changed depending on the season, and it could even be layered with studs for icy roads. This vehicle would be able to ride in a forest, for example and access outback places that other vehicles couldn’t reach.

What It’s Used For

The Babylon concept would free up ambulances that would otherwise be dispatched for low-risk situations and provide coverage to places that are inaccessible with a truck. It would be more efficient for patients and emergency personnel alike in situations where a paramedic or doctor is not absolutely needed during the transfer. (Or when time is critical.)

It would definitely allow for faster transport in places where an ambulance cannot make its way. Its ability to ride on any terrain would make it an ideal choice to transport, say, a hiker with a broken ankle back to the access road.

The Designer

The Babylon moto-ambulance concept was developed in collaboration with Ashish Thulkar, an Industrial Designer from Bangalore, India. Ashish graduated with a master’s degree in design from the Indian Institute of Science in 2014, and he currently works as a freelance vehicle designer. He also created the Atlantide concept and the Tridika people mover.

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