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Autonomous ‘Pandemic Drones’ Can Detect Coughing, Fever and More

US drone maker Draganfly—one of DJI’s major competitors in the commercial camera drone space—is working with the Australian Department of Defense and University of South Australia to deploy special “pandemic drones” that can detect coughing, sneezing, respiratory rate, and even fever from a distance.

These autonomous drones are part of something called the Vital Intelligence Project, a healthcare data science and deep learning collaboration between the University of South Australia and the Australian DOD that just selected Daganfly as its exclusive integration partner. By integrating AI technology from the university, Draganfly’s “pandemic drones” seek to detect and track respiratory conditions in order to combat COVID-19 and future health emergencies like it.

According to Draganfly, the drones will be able to detect fever, respiratory rate, actions like coughing, and even blood pressure—though we’re not sure how they could possible manage that.

You can see a demo of the technology below:

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