There’s a firebug (more likely several) wreaking havoc in Sweden. Since July over 70 cars have been set ablaze by still yet unknown perpetrators in the city of Malmo. Only one thing is known about the perpetrator(s) thus far, they’re very good at avoiding the detection of authorities. Things have gotten so bad that Malmo’s police force has resorted to utilizing more technologically advanced measures in order to catch these automotive pyromaniacs, drones.
More specifically, they’re using the Skeldar V-200, constructed by auto-manufacturer SAAB, the Skeldar V-200 is a far cry from your DJI. It’s more akin to a military drone, but without the destructive capabilities. The purpose of the Skeldar V-200 – especially in the case of the notorious arsonist(s) – is to track down criminals as well as organize and deploy arresting officers to their location. It’s an unmanned, gas powered helicopter with a 15 ft. rotor span, an 88 lb. payload, and a top speed of 88 miles per hour, so you could travel back in time with it assuming you had the necessary flux capacitor attachment.
This isn’t exactly what most drone enthusiasts have in mind when they think about drones for good, or drones in the workplace. For one, the focus there seems to be more on battery powered drones, which makes sense. We’ve got enough pollution in our atmosphere without thousands of carbon spewing UAV’s filling the sky. Secondly, the Skeldar looks more like an attack helicopter than a peaceful surveillance UAV. Maybe they could paint it fuchsia? Regardless, it’s another way for drones to show that they can be used for positive purposes. It’s also kind of like a drone cop saving another piece of machinery’s life. “Damnit, Kuwolski! No more cars are gonna die on my watch!”