For law enforcement patrol officers, stopping and interviewing an individual along the road can be a very dangerous situation as it is nearly impossible to tell if the individual is someone with bad intentions. This is a situation where remote sensing and distant interaction can save lives.
To address this situation, researchers at the Air Force have developed a small UAV, deployable from the officer’s vehicle, which can interact with the subject of interest. The officer can issue instructions to the subject through the UAV, capture images of the subject or his/her documents, and compare those to database records. On-board sensors can also identify suspicious objects such as weapons. This vehicle-deployed UAV includes a base station mounted on the roof of the patrol vehicle from which the UAV is launched, retrieved, and secured during transport.
- Reduces risk: The system allows officers to interact with subjects and assess threats from a safe distance
- Lowers potential for negative outcomes including use of weapons
- Reusable: UAV is deployed from, and returns to, a docking station mounted on top of the law enforcement vehicle
- Improves situational awareness: The UAV provides a broader assessment of the scene as it gathers information from multiple angles
- US patent 9,481,459 available for license
- Potential for collaboration with Air Force scientists and engineers