A new version of the Land Rover Discovery has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show today. Called “Project Hero”, its aim is to help the Red Cross speed up its response times.
What makes the vehicle unique is that it features a roof-mounted drone as well as a fully integrated landing system with self-centring and magnetic retention technology. What this means is that the drone is capable of landing on the vehicle, even while it’s driving.
The drone is meant to help the Red Cross in rescue missions. While in the air, it can transmit live footage to the emergency response teams, which should really make a difference, especially because maps aren’t always useful when a natural disaster such as an avalanche hits.
[aa_see_also id=”4147″ pre_text=”See also:” title=”Parrot drones guide – unique and fun fliers”][/aa_see_also]
Additionally, the vehicle has a sliding floor in the back that can be used as an additional work surface and will make sure that the gear stored underneath is protected at all times. It also features strategically positioned LED lights to aid night vision and a few power supply points that accept multiple plug arrangements from different regions.
Project Hero will be based at the Austrian Red Cross training center in Erzberg, in the mountainous Eisenerz mining area, and in Vienna for a period of 12 months, starting in June 2017.