A small ‘helicopter’ mini drone was recently used in Saskatchewan to investigate a traffic accident, despite extreme cold and high winds. The drone performed well, but the operators of the onsite control system suffered from the cold.
One wonders what advantage the drone provided that couldn’t be offered by ‘mapping’ on the ground.
Is this a case of boys wanting to play with toys? Is there a cost savings involved? Are there unexpected side effects, like the drones being used for legal or illegal surveillance by police? Will they become common at native roadblocks and protests? Will police in rural areas patrol outlying communities from the air?