Imagine this: You're diving with a group of friends when you begin to have difficulty breathing and feel a crushing pressure on your chest. You can't swim, and you definitely won't make it back to safety on your own.
The accident has been reported, and the closest emergency service center dispatches a drone. Your drone flies by, drops a flotation device down to you and signals your location back to the team of rescuers. The drone also instructs your friends how to perform CPR, and explains other emergency procedures.
This is the future of emergency medical services, if Google has anything to say about it.
The Internet search giant received a patent last week to provide emergency medical services using unmanned aerial vehicles.
According to Google's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) filing, drone models vary from ones that include a video or audio file with instructions for providing medical support to ones that transport items that aid in diagnosing or treating a person who needs medical assistance.
Items include an EpiPen, a flotation device, an oxygen-therapy system, an EKG sensor, a first-aid kit and similar items.