Could an unmanned aerial vehicle be delivering your pizza in the not too distant future? Peter Day investigates the business use of what some call, with a shiver, drones.
For decades, unmanned planes have been used by the military in places such as Afghanistan and Pakistan to watch the ground and deliver weapons controlled by remote pilots thousands of kilometres away. But now companies and experts are putting their minds to turning military drones into civilian vehicles that can do things cheaper and better than piloted planes. Peter Day investigates unmanned aerial vehicles and how they are already being used by farmers and the police. Also, could a drone be delivering your pizza in the not too distant future?
(Picture: An unmanned aerial vehicle, Credit: BBC)
Contributors to this programme
head of flight operations, Callen-Lenz
Managing Director, Callen-Lenz
Project Manager, Callen- Lenz
Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire Police
Dr Stephen Prior
Reader in Unmanned Air Vehicles at Southampton University
Professor Jim Scanlan
Professor of Aerospace Design at Southampton University
Defence Editor at Flight International
Director of the Astraea Project
co-founder of Matternet