Rise of the drones: from policing the streets to painting your house
With automation and artificial intelligence the delivery of parcels is only the tip of the iceberg for the next generation of drones
If technology companies have their way, the buzz of a drone will soon be as ubiquitous as the glint of a smartphone screen. Facebook aims to deliver internet access from drones high in the stratosphere, Google wants to drop piping hot food at your door via quadcopter, and Amazon has just patented a shoulder-mounted drone to help police officers.
Today’s commercial drones carry lightweight radios and cameras, and pack powerful lithium ion batteries whose flight times last minutes rather than seconds.
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Source: Guardian Transport