Good to see our taxes are going towards worthy things, like supplying the British Transport Police with one of these $60,000 r/c flying robots.
Apparently the theft of metal on our British railways is a huge problem, so the Transport Police use these expensive Microdrones to target the thieves – with the bots’ squirting water at the perps. It’s not just any old water though, as supposedly the SmartWater helps track them, for further prosecution.
The two feet-wide device does contain an inbuilt infra-red camera and video, which sends it to operators up to 500 yards away, making the price more justified. Police using the bot for their wicked peeping-tom ways is a rumour entirely unconfirmed, although entirely possible.
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