Observation drone for emergencies
|Coordinator||Stiftelsen Chalmers Industriteknik|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 1 417 525|
|Project duration||May 2018 - June 2019|
Purpose and goal
The aim of the project is to develop a sensor-based navigation system for autonomous drones that can be used by the emergency services. The drone shall, on its own, without a qualified operator, take itself to a fire or accident site and from there convey direct images to a command center, thereby saving lives by improving coordination and efficiency. As a whole, the project plan has been held .
Expected results and effects
A prototype capable of performing autonomous assignments in complex environments was developed and validated technically. The prototype was also demonstrated live during the " Demodagarna 2019" at drone Center Sweden in Västervik in May 2019 and we received positive feedback from other participants. Discussions are currently underway, with more players, with the aim of moving the project forward.
Planned approach and implementation
An agile development methodology has been applied. This proved to be working well as the nature of the work required ongoing adjustments of priorities. The cooperation between Everdrone, Chalmers Industrial technology and emergency Services has worked well. One lesson is that it is a challenge to have the team distributed between different offices. Sometimes it has been difficult to schedule meetings with the emergency services, due to high work load, a difficult thing to handle differently or to draw any direct lessons from.