This was forwarded by Mark Lewellan, ATI’s AUS instructor. It shows the cost-savings of using a small AUV to take accident overview photos. However, in general, the red tape makes this difficult to do in both the US and Canada.
It looks like a bug equipped with a camera, but the small Ontario Provincial Police unmanned aircraft is making history as one of the first aerial drones being regularly used in North America by law enforcement officials.
The battery-powered craft, which can stay airborne for about 15 minutes at a time, has been used at homicides and other incidents in northwestern Ontario to take aerial photos for use in court.
It has helped reduce costs, too, as the provincial police would have otherwise brought in a helicopter or rented an aircraft. “We’ve saved over $30,000 the 11 times we used it,” says Const. Marc Sharpe, who operates the mini-helicopter.
Aerial drones are usually associated with the military on overseas missions such as in Afghanistan and Iraq.
But the remote-controlled aircraft are also starting to be used by police and firefighters in Europe and by various companies in Australia.