"Safety drones" soon to be used on UK roads

Updated: Nov 21, 2019

It has been reported today that the metropolitan police force have invested in UAV technology in an attempt to curb dangerous and reckless driving across the capital and surrounding areas.

Aerial video feeds from the drones can be viewed in real time and information passed to officers on the ground who can then apprehend suspects.

Last year, the Met were continuing with trials with an Aeryon Skyranger drone in an initiative that aims to reduce the risk to human life caused by dangerous drivers. London mayor, Sadiq Khan launched the Vision Zero Initiative, set up to reduce road deaths in London and which is now incorporating this incredibly versatile tech.

In our opinion, the use of UAV’s is a forward thinking and savvy approach to the problem and yet again shows the diverse uses and multitude of industrial applications for the technology.

The Guardian reports that Det Supt Andy Cox, the head of the Met’s roads and traffic policing unit, said: “This is one of many enforcement tactics being used. Its aim is to deter dangerous driving and we hope the message of ‘drive lawfully, stay safe and keep a clean licence’ is widely understood.

“However, deterrence is sometimes best achieved through intense enforcement and that’s what this capability enables.”

Aerial Filming
An Aeryon Skyranger Drone as trialled by the Metropolitan Police Service

Meanwhile, in France, drone monitoring of motorway traffic was first promised by former Prime Minister, Manuel Valls in 2015. UAV’s were first trialled by French Authorities during the summer of 2017.

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