LiveWire: Attack of the drones

LiveWire: Attack of the drones

UAVs have taken modern warfare to new heights and unlikely places. After the first drone attack in 2011 and the murky debate that followed,drones are finding other novel,peacetime uses


Germans have no trouble agreeing that the graffiti covering many of the nation’s commuter trains is intolerable. But what they cannot agree upon is the railway operator’s proposed cure: small drones to patrol the rail yards by night. The use of tiny remote-controlled helicopters,equipped with cameras that officials hope will allow them to catch the graffitists on the spot,is entering its testing phase. The announcement also comes against the backdrop of a wider debate over the use of drones. Like it or not,drones appear to be here to stay in Germany

This drone’s a delivery boy

Meanwhile in Washington,drones,instead of delivery boys,will bring pizzas to your doorstep. American restaurant chain Domino’s Pizza is testing the feasibility of octocopter drones to deliver pizzas. Branded as the DomiCopter,the current prototype can deliver two,large pizzas in about ten minutes within a six-km radius of the store. No flying permits are needed to operate the drone up to 126 metres off the ground; only permission of the landowner is required. Other names previously batted around for the DomiCopter included the ‘Pepperdroney’ and the ‘Flyin Hawaiian’

Hunting them down

Who’s ruining your crops? Wild hogs? Get yourself a ‘Dehogaflier’. Designed by Cy Brown of Louisiana,US,the ‘Dehogaflier’ hunts for feral pigs at night,in a model airplane fitted with a heat-sensing camera. Drones are also being used by animal rights activists to find instances of illegal hunting. The League Against Cruel Sports,a British animal rights group is using drones equipped with video cameras to locate areas of illegal fox hunting