posted on May, 28 2013 @ 09:22 AM
I didn't see any posts when searching, so here we go:
While I understand that this is technically a good reason, as graffiti is never a fun thing to clean off, it's one of those "Pandora's Box" things
that can't be done. I guarantee you, that if I saw one of these near by, it'd be BB gun practice.
More importantly, what are they going to do if a drone finds somebody? I know they say "to be used in court"... but really: Send out thugs? Call the
police? So whose drone does it become at that point? Would it now be a privately owned police drone?
German Rail testing DRONES
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's national railway operator will soon be flying small drones over its tracks, bridges and stations to keep a watchful eye out
for vandals spraying graffiti. Deutsche Bahn said Tuesday some 14,000 incidents of graffiti were reported in 2012 alone, costing €7.6 million euros
($9.8 million) in cleanup costs. In the coming weeks it will test whether drones might help as a deterrent, give Deutsche Bahn the chance to dispatch
security personnel, and provide evidence that could be used in court. Germany-based microdrones GmbH produces the test units worth about 60,000 euros
each. They are battery-powered four-rotor helicopters that can be equipped with thermal or regular cameras. They can remain airborne 80 minutes and
have a 40-kilometer (25-mile) range on autopilot, reaching speeds of 54 kph (34 mph).
edit on 5/28/2013 by KilroyRock because: I forgot a sentence