“There are countless applications for using drones to help people,” said DJI’s vice president of policy and legal affairs, Brendan Schulman. “One of the most beneficial is search and rescue.”
Instead of spending thousands of dollars an hour on a helicopter, a small, $2,000 battery-powered drone can travel to remote areas with infrared cameras and sophisticated sensors to spot lost people day or night. Though the drone cannot actually perform the rescue, it can give officials information about exactly where they need to dispense a helicopter or ground crew, saving time, money and possibly a life.
“It will help keep our citizens safe by giving us an additional tool to respond to incidences,” said Chris Dunn, commander at the Ventura County, California, Sheriff’s Office. “Eventually we’ll just get better at it and we’ll be able to make those critical decisions sooner and that will help save lives.”