It is interesting to see how new technologies are being used in ways to benefit mankind, instead of being used for war and monitoring people’s private lives, such as is the case of drones today. In fact, one excellent example is how drones are being integrated into the new Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), which is a specially designed and engineered version of the newest Land Rover Discovery, built for the Austrian Red Cross.
Displayed at the Geneva Motor Show, the new Land Rover dubbed ‘Project Hero’ showed the world how drones can be used effectively for search and rescue, designed and programmed to take off and land on a Discovery, even while the vehicle is in motion. This is made possible using a self-centering and magnetic retention technology for drones, which now gives Red Cross teams situational awareness capabilities with live video feed, which allows rescue workers to ascertain emergency conditions from a safe distance, increases communication and cuts disaster response times.
It is a fitting blend of technology that ultimately benefits two organizations that share a 64-year old global relationship – Land Rover and Red Cross, and for the Red Crescent Societies, the largest humanitarian network in the world.