Dubai: Drones might soon replace parking inspectors in Dubai and automatically catch motorists violating parking rules or even replace cars that deliver blood for transfusions during emergencies.
These are just a few of the scenarios demonstrated at the semi-final round of the UAE Drones For Good Award on Friday at Dubai Internet City.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, had launched the award at the Government Summit in February last year to put this innovative technology to good use. Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs, was present at the competition that saw 39 semi-finalists demonstrating their drones’ capabilities to win the judges’ approval to make it to the final round on Saturday.
Dubbed as the first World Cup of civilian drones, the 15 contestants for the national category and 19 for the international category — were given five minutes each to showcase the drones would-be contribution in the fields of humanitarian aid, civil defence, health, logistics, agriculture, environment, among others.
An octocopter or eight-rotored drone called Sanad was a crowd favourite when it dropped two lifebuoys on the man-made lake and then lifted a “drowning” man to safety. The Fully Automated Parking System drone also impressed with its capability to scan parking lots every hour for possible violators thus eliminating the need for many parking inspectors… see more