Why "Hands Free" is the future of Emergency UAV Operations
Today, the vast majority of drones operate on a Remote Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) model. This means a 1-to-1 pilot to drone ratio, with the individual human pilot using a remote control to fly a drone. While this has been useful in the early stages of drone development, in the near future, pilots and joysticks will be supplanted by self-flying drones and hands free command/ observation devices.
As drones become smarter and more capable of performing complex tasks, “Hands Free” will become the norm. People will instead use a different interface to command drones: Their voice.
Drone tech is a powerful tool for jobs that are dirty, difficult or dangerous, especially emergency response. Locating lost hikers, mapping forest fires in real-time, dealing with natural disasters– drones can provide valuable data that is otherwise inaccessible or inefficient to obtain.
Emergency responders need a system that is easy to navigate, and get the data they need fast. The fastest way is verbal. With the coming Hands-Free, Autonomous paradigm- a firefighter or a police officer can simply talk to the system and it performs the action. “Zoom in on the corner of the building.” or “Fly a mission to collect the current fire-boundary from sector 4”.
Today, we see many state and local agencies experimenting with drone programs, but ultimately not succeeding or scaling their programs, as they realize it is not their core-competency to own and maintain a fleet of drones. In a situation on the ground, emergency responders need their hands free to help people, and need to focus on the the data drones provide, without worrying about the logistics of flying.
At Aeronyde, we are working diligently to develop Natural Language (NL) controls for autonomous UAVs. We are currently testing the way NL models work with UAVs for specific emergency response applications. We are working to enhance the human-machine interface. It is safer for Emergency Responders to speak their commands to autonomous UAVS than to fly manually.
We are excited for the future of Autonomous Aerial Systems, and know that, through autonomous technology and partnership with public and private partners, we will unlock the potential of drones. We will to make life easier for the people with the toughest jobs in our communities, and to truly help our society in challenging situations.