Ambular 2.0

The Concept

The Ambular 2.0 is an autonomous flying ambulance designed to carry a patient and a paramedic to the hospital. The Ambular 2.0 would be assembled using engines, flight systems and other components that have been shown to work in other vehicles, including the second generation of the Ehang 184. The aircraft would be sold ‘green’ and then modified locally for medical transport.

The Background

This concept was imagined as a new type of small aircraft capable of flying two people autonomously from anywhere in a city to the nearest hospital. It would be marketed to emergency response agencies and companies to complement existing fleets of ambulances and paramedics.

How It Works

The Ambular 2.0 would be equipped with 8 propellers, each with a diameter of 1.5 meters. Each prop would be capable of producing 100kg of thrust for 20 minutes. This power would allow a patient and a paramedic (or doctor) to be transported autonomously over distances as far as 15 nautical miles to the appropriate hospital based on the type of trauma.

As the idea evolves, the shape will be further optimized for lift, and additional jet thrusters could be used to provide a boost during take-off. The fuselage would need to be as light and robust as possible, using newly-developed superlight materials. The cabin will be designed to sustain the life of a patient during the short flight and will include vital lifesaving equipment.

What It’s Used For

The Ambular 2.0 would be developed for urban medical transport. It could also be used by medevac crews or for search and rescue missions. The key challenge remains the energy (battery) required to conduct each flight along with the required power (motors) and lift (propeller).

The Designer

I would like to thank Yuri Fattah who improved our initial concept to create this new version. I would also like to thank Martin Rico for creating the images of the Ambular 2.0. Martin studied Design at the University of Buenos Aires and works as an Industrial Designer for ICAO.