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Police Use Remote Flying Drone to Catch Car Thief

According to the DailyMail, it was announced yesterday that a suspected car thief had been apprehended thanks to a miniature remote-controlled helicopter called the Air Robot.

Merseyside Police is one of a handful of forces trying out the devices, which cost £40,000 each. Designed as a cheaper alternative to using helicopters in small-scale operation. DM reports that Merseyside has been using drones for two years, mainly to help in search and rescue operations, to execute drug warrants and to crack down on anti-social behavior.

However, the Air Robot recently aided officers in its first arrest. Using the onboard camera, and thermal-imaging technology, the operator of the remote control device was able to pick up the suspect through his body heat and direct foot patrols to his location.

Check out the video of the device in action below.

Read the full story on the DailyMail.

  • sliem
    40k to build that bot? why not use Lojack?
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  • kyeana
    a miniature remote-controlled helicopter called the Air Robot.

    Thats the best name they could come up with?
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  • enzo matrix
    OOO Half Life 2
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  • karenskym
    sliem40k to build that bot? why not use Lojack?
    Obviously, the drone has more uses than just catching car thieves as stated in the article.
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  • jhansonxi
    Iran and China need a bunch of these to track down those crazy democracy pushers.
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  • doc70
    finally, a good thing to use these for.
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  • turbolover22
    The video shows 'somebody' getting out of the car. It doesn't directly say that it is the suspect, but then it shows the cops pointing guns at him and arresting him. How hard is it for the drone to find the guy if he is still in the car???
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  • XZaapryca
    Can't go 186mph(300kph), so I'm safe. Wait..whut?
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  • allyourbase
    and to crack down on anti-social behavior.

    basement-dwellers, beware.
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  • thejester420
    These drones will soon be equipped with so-called non-lethal weapons to combat protesters and anyone who is non-compliant towards the governments evil regime

    http://www.infowars.com/surveillance-drones-to-zap-protesters-into-submission/
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