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Arizona State University developing drone software for search and rescues

Posted: 5:53 PM, Jan 29, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-29 20:52:57-05
ASU drone technology

TEMPE, AZ — Search and rescues could be going high-tech with the help of students at Arizona State University.

Students are developing software that could be used to program drones and ground robots used in search and rescues.

Several drones and robots could be programmed to cover a large area and in some cases even deliver things like medical equipment, radios or water.

The drones would also be able to track a missing person if they're moving - giving correct information to rescue teams.

"A student can come here and learn about how to program, how to design certain algorithms and then deploy that on a robot and understand that in the future this can be used by search and rescue workers to get information quicker which means they might be able to find somebody faster and save lives," said Stephanie Gil who heads up the project at ASU.

The program is a five-year effort funded by the National Science Foundation.