Ambular, the new flying ambulance project for emergency medical missions
EHang announced that it has been selected to join Ambular, an international project endeavouring to develop a flying ambulance for medical emergency use.
Supported by the International Civil Aviation Organization (“ICAO”), the Ambular project also seeks to inspire the global aviation community to unleash the potential of eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) aircraft (flying ambulance).
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The Ambular project was the outcome of the ICAO’s exploration of the future of aviation in late 2017. The ICAO recognized the possible use of AAVs for extremely rapid medical transport.
As the first company in the world to launch and commercialize passenger-grade AAVs, which achieved a new milestone in the deployment and proliferation of Urban Air Mobility (“UAM”), EHang will contribute the necessary hardware (such as rotors and motors) to the Ambular project, thus driving research and development of the power component of the flying ambulance.
EHang’s expertise and experience in using AAVs for emergency response are also expected to significantly accelerate the development of the project. For example, in February 2020, EHang’s two-seat passenger-grade AAV, the EHang 216, served as an air ambulance to transport medical supplies and personnel to a hospital during the COVID-19 outbreak in China, which currently relies mainly on ambulances or helicopters.
Flying ambulance – In line with the Company’s focus on social responsibility, EHang continues to explore the use of AAVs to solve challenges in emergency response, such as flood rescue, forest firefighting and high-rise firefighting. EHang Founder, Chairman and CEO, Huazhi Hu said, “We are excited to join the ICAO-supported Ambular project, where we can work with industry leaders to fulfil the mission of ‘saving critical minutes’ in emergencies. This can demonstrate the great value of UAM to society.
We see that UAM has the potential to materially improve transportation and have a positive impact on peoples’ lives. Safety, smart cities, cluster management and eco-friendliness form the fundamental tenets for a modern UAM ecosystem. The development of UAM systems will create a viable alternative to existing ground transportation.”
EHang (Nasdaq: EH) is the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company.