November 14, 2013 | Ling

Well I never… Researchers in Iran are throwing life belts into the sea with a lifeguard drone. In seaside tests the Pars robot took just 22 seconds to bring a belt to a pretend struggling swimmer 75 metres from the shore. The human lifeguard took 90 seconds to reach him.

The drone currently needs a human operator, but its developers are aiming for it to recognise distressed swimmers on its own, drop them a life belt and return to base. Hurray! For once a drone story that doesn't fill me with dread.

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The Pars drone prototype can fly at 36 km/h and stay up for ten minutes.

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2 comments on 'Drone lifeguard beats human'

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Anyono reiencie

February 20, 2015 at 13:32

Good idea but I what if people stop careing about it leaving the robot to do it all and the robot malfunctions . Then a person dies :(

JOSH

September 14, 2014 at 12:50

WHAT IF IT WENT OUT OF CONTROL

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