A Future Patient Transporting Drone Evaluated

Luciana Ribeiro Monteiro*, Michal Adar, Riel Bessai, Itamar Bukai, Lennert van den Boom, Alazne Echaniz Jurado, Alicia Ville, Phillip Essle, Peter Vink

*Corresponding author for this work

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Soteria is a patient transporting drone, which is part of a living lab setting for Future Mobility, which Embraer is developing. It has been designed in conjunction with the Talaria propulsion system, an autonomous and modular eVTOL flight package. The idea is that during disaster scenarios, Soteria is summoned by first responders to the scene after which a noncritical patient is loaded from the field into the carrier. Soteria then autonomously and independently ferries the patient safely to the closest hospital, where they are unloaded by medical personnel. It is important that handlings are fast and that the patient will fit in the system. Therefore, Soteria was ergonomically tested. The interior of the carrier, the interior layout, and human-machine interface were evaluated with a 1:1 model and compared with guidelines found in the literature. Based on that improvements were made and presented for future design iterations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2021 - Healthcare and Healthy Work
EditorsNancy L. Black, W. Patrick Neumann, Ian Noy
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783030746100
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event 21st Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 13 Jun 202118 Jun 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
Volume222 LNNS
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389


Conference 21st Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, IEA 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Comfort
  • Drone
  • Loading
  • Patient transportation
  • Stretcher


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