Robinson+Cole Data Privacy + Security Insider (JD Supra Australia)
Australian Defence to Use Swarms of Tiny Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, Highlighting a Global Trend
Last week, the Australian Department of Defence announced that it will begin research and development for the use of swarms of tiny autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) (i.e., underwater drones) to detect and clear naval mines.
First Drone Rescue at Sea
Just last week, the first ever drone rescue at sea occurred in the heavy riptides off the coast of Australia. Two swimmers were trapped in the strong current when a drone dropped a flotation device down to them from the sky above. The fate of the two swimmers could have been much worse if it weren’t for the drone’s ability to quickly and safely get the flotation device into the water.
New Use for Drones on Australian Beaches
In Western Australia’s South West beaches surveillance drones will hit the skies to increase swimmer safety by spotting sharks in the water. This project will take place over a three-month period (from November to January) and will cost approximately $88,000. Surf Life Saving WA (a provider of educational and emergency rescue services) will have four small drones in place using high definition...