UK insurer Direct Line has a clever idea: drone streetlights you summon on your phone and that follow you around when you need them. As the video above shows, this is very much a marketing campaign rather than a real service, but the software behind it is open source and the company’s execution is convincing. The drones live in a hangar, use the GPS in your phone to track you, and are shown lighting the way for a pedestrian, a group of cyclists, and a team of volunteer rescuers.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen someone stick lights on a drone, but it does paint a fuller picture of the practical uses. Obviously, keeping a fleet of drones ready for anyone to summon at a moment’s notice would be prohibitively expensive (not to mention illegal in built-up areas in the UK), but specialist uses could make it worthwhile. Doing a bit …
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