Ford Working to Develop Drone-To-Vehicle Technology

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Drone-to-Car Communications

Drones. You either love them or hate them. But beyond their value with hobbyists, drones can serve a real practical purpose. Announced at this year’s CES, Ford is partnering with DJI to sponsor the DJI Developer Challenge, awarding people for developing drone-to-vehicle technology.

Why is this important? In areas of natural disaster, it’s imperative that rescuers survey the area quickly in order to save the most lives. Pickup trucks, like the Ford F-150, are already used by first responders worldwide to help with their efforts. This technology is the next logical step.

Rescue trucks would be fitted with this technology, and a drone in the back, and could easily be deployed using the SYNC 3 connectivity features found in the 2016 Ford F-150, and the OpenXC platform that it supports.

Drone deployment would occur from inside the cab of the truck, where in theory, the driver could direct the drone to wherever it needed to go and record that data. Organizations like the United Nations could easily enter disaster zones safely, and save more lives in the process.

Are you interested in participating in the challenge? There’s $100,000 on the line for the winning developer. Check out the details on the DJI Developer site.

What do you think? Let us know over in the forums!

via [Ford]

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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