Jaguar Land Rover are launching a vehicle with an in-built drone that will change rescue operations forever.
At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the British car manufacturer revealed their intelligent design, custom rescue vehicle which features a built-in drone. The Discovery 4×4 features tech that will revolutionise relief operations.
Land Rover designed ‘Project Hero’ specifically for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent, featuring a drone which can launch from the Discovery whilst the vehicle is in motion, giving rescue crews much more accessibility to disaster areas.
The drone is built into a sliding hatch on the roof and can be launched using a touch-screen tablet from inside the vehicle and can easily re-dock with the use of a magnetic homing device, there is no need for crews to land the drone, this is the first of its kind in the world.
Project Hero is a unique version on the Land Rover Discovery, the supremely capable vehicle is enhanced by the team of designers and engineers at special vehicle operations through the integration of enhanced drone technology.
The kind of scenarios where Project Hero is going to be deployed are in instances of floods, earthquakes, avalanches, any situation where the emergency response team can receive live footage transmitted from the drone.
“A fully integrated landing system featuring self-centering and magnetic retention technology is a world-first that enables the drone to dock when the vehicle is in motion,” a spokesperson from Jaguar Land Rover said.
“With the drone airborne, live footage can be transmitted to the Red Cross’s emergency response teams, helping them respond more quickly and effectively to landslides, earthquakes, floods and avalanches.
“Dramatic landscape changes can make maps redundant, which adds to the danger and difficulty of finding and rescuing survivors, so the drone’s bird’s-eye view will allow rescuers to investigate an emergency scene from a safe distance.”
If victims are stranded or out of reach of immediate assistance, rescue teams are able to deploy life saving aid via the drone increasing chances of survival in hot spots and increasing the time teams have to rescue survivors. The drone also has the ability to direct search and sniffer-dog teams to the scene. The Land Rover is packed full of enhanced communications equipment which is fundamental during rescue operations.
“Land Rover and the team of engineers and designers at Special Vehicle Operations are proud to support the incredible humanitarian work of the IFRC and its members,” John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director said.
“The new Discovery is the world’s most capable all-terrain SUV, and Project Hero is the optimum combination of enhanced capability and innovative technology.
We hope to help the Red Cross save more lives in emergency situations.”
Jaguar Land Rover has a 63-year partnership with the Red Cross, the specialist discovery models will begin service in June, at the Austrian Red Cross training centre in Vienna.
Now, who wants this setup for off-roading or laning!?