Australia Turns to UAVs to Improve Shark Detection

An Australian biologist is researching the efficacy of using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to detect sharks in waters populated by swimmers.

William Robbins published a study last month contending that helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft patrols are not particularly effective means to protect swimmers from sharks, according to an article by ScienceNetwork Western Australia.

Robbins believes that UAVs could carry cameras with the ability to see farther into water than humans. In addition, algorithms could be developed to automatically scan for sharks in videos transmitted from drones.

The New South Wales government is also investigating how UAVs could be used for shark detection.

Read the full ScienceNetwork Western Australia article here.


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