Canadian Police Deploy UAVs to Expedite Car-Crash Investigations

254_aeryon_scout_4.15.2014 Canadian Police Deploy UAVs to Expedite Car-Crash InvestigationsLaw enforcement officers in Ontario are testing the efficacy of using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to photograph major highway collisions in an effort to accelerate crash investigations.

The Ontario Provincial Police's (OPP) goal is to rapidly clear car-crash scenes without compromising the integrity of investigations, according to an article by TheSpec.com.

Last spring, the OPP purchased two Aeryon Scout UAVs and has thus far tested the aircraft at about 15 car crashes. The drones, which are operated by tablet, hover roughly 16 stories above crash sites, shooting about 150 photos.

The process takes approximately 15 minutes, compared to two hours if the work is conducted on the ground. Although photography is only one element of an accident reconstruction, the drones can reduce highway closure times by 30 minutes to 45 minutes.

Privacy procedures for the pilot project include operating the UAVs only at crash sites and keeping the aircraft within direct line of sight.

The full article by TheSpec.com can be found here.

Photo courtesy of Aeryon Labs Inc.

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