Dubai Municipality has revealed the Flying Rescuer – an airborne lifeguard robot that can drop floats to struggling swimmers as human lifeguards make their way to the scene.
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The Octa-X8 can carry up to four inflatable rings in its folding arms and can withstand hot summer temperatures with its 30-minute battery life.
Alia Al Harmoudi, Director of Environment Department at Dubai Municipality, said: “The drone can transport up to four rings to the drowning incident area, which can support up to eight drowning people at the same time.
“It can also be used with a rescue raft that automatically inflates when it touches the water instead of buoys to save several people at the same time.
“The Flying Rescuer gives the initial response to drowning so that the human rescuers have access to the situation, which makes the rescue operations on holidays and weekends easier.”
It’s not the only robot to be patrolling Dubai’s shores, with the WasteShark gobbling up rubbish and debris in the Marina to keep the water clean.
The 1.5 metre-long green machine travels at 10 kilometres per hour carrying a cage that can hold as much as 350kg of rubbish.
Once it’s full, it then swims towards the shore to be emptied before starting all over again.
Dubai’s getting more futuristic – bit by bit.
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