New commercial and research roles for unmanned vehicles. By Peter Feuilherade for the International Electrotechnical Commission
History provides many instances of technologies developed for military application being spun off and used in the civilian sector for different, broader uses and at lower prices.
Drones and other unmanned powered vehicles are a good example.
The earliest recorded military action using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as drones, dates back to 1849, when Austrian forces used pilotless balloons to drop bombs fitted with timed fuses on Italian revolutionaries besieged in Venice.
However, strong winds blew many of the “flying bombs” back across the city, and they fell on Austrian troops encamped on the mainland. [Read more…] about Protecting the environment with drones and robots