"Attention, Traffic Jammers…."
Maybe we can't yet, but down in Ecuador the ambulance drivers are learning how to do it with a new tool that has been provided for them.
The city streets there are notoriously jammed with traffic and, like here, the equatorial heat causes the drivers to keep their windows rolled up with the auto air conditioning going full blast. Add to that the basic human need to have inner-organ-thumping music going at maximum decibels to make the ride tolerable and they end up with similar challenges for their emergency vehicles that we have here.
But they are able to take advantage of a technological trick that has passed North America by. Their economy hasn't yet progressed to the point where private automobiles have entered the digital age with CD players, satellite radio, MP3, etc. They are still reliant on AM and FM radio for their in-transit entertainment.
And that brings us to the ambulance transmitters. Low-powered radio transmitters that are equipped with a specially-designed antenna are powerful enough to block out commercial radio signals from vehicles within a one-kilometer radius of the ambulance. The ambulance driver merely picks up his microphone and asks the folks to please pull over. They have found that since using this technology, repsonse times have been reduced by a whopping 40%.
This video shows how it works:
What do you think? Shall we bring it up at the monthly meeting?
Thanks to Gizmodo.
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