The moments, days, and weeks after a natural disaster are often dangerous, and first responders have a lot to worry about as they try and save lives. Natural disasters can disrupt power, cause fires, destroy roads, and flood homes, and all these things can severely limit the efficiency of rescuers’ efforts to help those stuck in the mess. Parrot hopes that the new Bebop-Pro Thermal drones can help in situations like this, and the new drones do look impressive.
The Bebop-Pro Thermal comes with a thermal camera and a normal camera; the drone can fly over disaster sites and send back video footage to rescue workers, showing them where survivors are. And in the case of fires, the drone can show rescuers the temperatures of certain areas, preventing them from entering areas that are too hot.
Parrot’s new drone is priced at $1500, making it an affordable option for rescue organizations. The drone can also be used on construction sites, and Parrot has stated that the drone should be an easy addition because it’s so easy to set up, use, and fix if something breaks.
Parrot has also released the Parrot Bluegrass, their first drone aimed at those who work in agriculture. The drone is on the market for $5000, and can fly over 30 hectares of farmland on a single charge of half an hour. The Bluegrass works by using a sensor to send information back to the ground, showing farmers which crops are flourishing and whether or not livestock are healthy. The Bluegrass is also quite small, making it easy to move around from place to place.
Parrot has been putting a lot of effort into entering the commercial drone market, and these drones make a promising first impression. Parrot is a French company that has existed since 1994, though they were known for producing hobbyist drones that people use for entertainment purposes. Parrot makes many drones that are suitable for young people, including the Parrot Mambo, but their consumer drones tended to be used to take pictures and record video by kids and other young people.