Abstract

Even though there may not be any survivors, rescue workers routinely risk their own lives in the hope of saving victims of accidents or natural disasters. However, inaccessibility to the disaster site often delays rescue efforts, thereby reducing the chances of survival. Students at Rowan University have proposed the construction of a rescue and surveillance vehicle (RSV) — a remote-controlled, mobile system designed to provide rescuers with means of finding survivors without having to needlessly risk their own lives. This paper describes the overall concept behind the RSV while focusing on the design and construction of a mobility mechanism to provide universal navigability.

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