Drones fitted with danger sirens will be used for the first time to warn people of approaching sharks, Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) state government said on Thursday.
“Drones and helicopters have proved a very successful measure in protecting beachgoers — last summer they spotted 571 dangerous sharks and assisted in saving two swimmers,” NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said in a statement.
“We are committed to doing all we can to protect beachgoers and one of the best ways we can do this during the busy school holidays is through our eyes in the sky.”
Personally, I doubt it will ever be a reality. But here’s the latest story on drone delivery.
Delivery by small pilot-less aircraft from the store to your door is coming soon. Amazon is experimenting with it in the United States and Britain right now. Postal services in Europe are running tests, too. Civil aviation authorities in Africa are amending their regulations to make flying over urban environments safe.
The missing piece: automating the entire system so that each drone doesn’t need to be manually operated without knowledge of what else is in the sky. That’s where Israeli startup Flytrex comes in.