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Martin Whybrow22/11/2016 19:20:53
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This popped up whilst I was watching a youtube video earlier; not sure if it's for real or not, but I can see some 'issues' with the idea!

Denis Watkins22/11/2016 19:26:19
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Hi Guys, give me a clue about the link as it crashes my tablet, thanks

Percy Verance22/11/2016 19:34:21
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It's an interesting concept Martin, but I don't see it as being viable. Who pays for all the drones? The folk whom opt to use the service perhaps? What about phone and electricity cables, or trees on unlit roads? How will the drone pilots see those at night?

It seems it's no more than another pie in the sky idea like Amazon's package delivery service.

Robin Colbourne22/11/2016 19:43:53
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As Denis says, the first link doen't work for some of us. Try this link: **LINK**

As this skier very nearly discovered, having a drone overhead can have its disadvantages:

I'm sure there will be a lot of couples who take exception to a drone disturbing their nocturnal liaisons. However if you could summon a drone to illuminate someone breaking into your house or car it might have its uses, which could be Direct Line's real interest.

Chris Walby22/11/2016 19:52:31
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Percy,

What make you think the drone will have a pilot? The new generation of drones available to us now are GPS locked and are autonomous with gesture recognition + can be controlled by a smart phone. It will just follow the phone that it paired with and follow it.

More likely to be other issues like the nuisance of lights from drones buzzing everywhere & other car drivers crashing as you follow them with half a dozen drones above you!

Might have some uses for the emergency services though.

Dave Hopkin22/11/2016 19:52:37
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I wonder how many UFO scares they would trigger......

Percy Verance22/11/2016 20:02:17
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Quite honestly Chris, I have so little interest in the drone *thing*, I'm totally indifferent to their technology. If it doesn't have wings with a propeller on the front, I struggle to get interested........

Even locking onto a smartphone won't get rid of the wires and cables Chris......... it wouldn't work for me anyway. I'm still using a phone I bought for £17 almost 10 years ago......

 

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 22/11/2016 20:30:04

Robin Colbourne22/11/2016 20:09:13
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Muggers will love the idea. They will be able to see the drone illuminating their next victim as they approach the subway. If they want to steal the victim's phone they will need to be able to turn it off or shield it though to shake off their new companion.

The drone should be called Turbinlite II...

Percy Verance22/11/2016 20:20:04
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A foil pie dish would probably do it Robin.

Many moons ago a friend of mine used to work for an organisation whom decided to fit an early version of tracking device to their vehicles, so they could ascertain who was where, in the interests of providing a more efficient/faster service. It also meant that illicit vehicle usage could also be monitored. The drivers soon realised that an upturned foil pie dish taped over the roof mounted aerial killed the signal sufficiently to mask their exact location.......

That was until the company providing the tracking service came up with a Mk 2 version.

Gary Manuel22/11/2016 20:31:16
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Are you avin' a laff?

What's wrong with carrying a torch or even better, a head lamp?

Percy Verance22/11/2016 20:36:50
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Exactly Gary........

Edited By Percy Verance on 22/11/2016 20:38:18

Robin Colbourne22/11/2016 20:39:06
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Gary, you're assuming that Joe or Josephine Public do 'Prior preparation and planning'.

Gary Manuel22/11/2016 20:48:59
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Easier to plan for picking a torch up than ringing Direct Line to organise a Drone Escort 2 weeks in advance.

Edited By Gary Manuel on 22/11/2016 20:50:37

Peter Miller22/11/2016 21:37:27
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Having looks at it and considered the rows about drones now it seems that A) it might work a bit but I can see it running out of battery power half way home.

It looks like another way of screwing the gullible technophiles out of some more cash.

"Daddy! I want one to light me home from schoolt!! All the other kids have one"!!!!

john stones 122/11/2016 21:42:08
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Posted by Peter Miller on 22/11/2016 21:37:27:

Having looks at it and considered the rows about drones now it seems that A) it might work a bit but I can see it running out of battery power half way home.

It looks like another way of screwing the gullible technophiles out of some more cash.

"Daddy! I want one to light me home from schoolt!! All the other kids have one"!!!!

Why would they need a torch in the back of mums 4x4/people carrier ?

Andy4822/11/2016 21:42:45
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They do look pretty though. laugh

MaL22/11/2016 21:58:33
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Perhaps the most telling comment in the pdf was -

4. Fleetlights technology has been made available as an open source project to allow the entire dev community to introduce the new advancements needed to make the service a reality.

-----don't hold your breath--------

J D 822/11/2016 23:22:57
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Save me from having to carry a lamp when hunting and the rabbits will be so transfixed by it that sneaking up on them will be easy.wink

Don Fry23/11/2016 06:13:34
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Posted by J D 8 on 22/11/2016 23:22:57:

Save me from having to carry a lamp when hunting and the rabbits will be so transfixed by it that sneaking up on them will be easy.wink

Get a whippet.

Phil 923/11/2016 06:41:16
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Posted by MaL on 22/11/2016 21:58:33:

Perhaps the most telling comment in the pdf was -

4. Fleetlights technology has been made available as an open source project to allow the entire dev community to introduce the new advancements needed to make the service a reality.

-----don't hold your breath--------

I can see the idea working for a limited number of applications but currently it does not work. same as the idea of a camera drone following you and filming you from above whilst lock onto a signal from your phone. probable nice ideas but far from being available yet

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