PASADENA (CBSLA) — Researchers at the California Institute of Technology are in the process of creating a “Personal Rescue System,” or autonomous drone ambulance, intended to change the future of emergency response.

The goal of the self-flying drone ambulance is to airlift injured or trapped victims in hard to reach disaster zones.

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During the flight, the patient’s vital signs would be monitored by sensors inside the drone.

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The drone would reportedly be the size of a small car and piloted by an artificial intelligence system.

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Caltech scientists say a full-sized drone ambulance system could be ready within five years.