China is already known for its rapid adoption of drones for a wide array of uses. Now they’re becoming essential tools in the fight against the new coronavirus outbreak that has taken more than 370 lives and infected thousands.
Various places throughout China are using drones to carry out tasks like spraying disinfectant over villages, dispersing public gatherings and facilitating construction.
Chinese agriculture technology company XAG also claimed that it sent a fleet of drones to spray disinfectant around a local community in Shandong. The company said its fleet covered over 300,000 square meters in less than four hours.
For drones that aren’t big enough to hold canisters of disinfectant, local governments are mounting megaphones on them to disperse public gatherings and scold those who aren’t wearing masks in public.
In a town in Chengdu, a drone piloted by government officials busted a gathering of people who were playing a game of mahjong in an alley. Although mahjong is a popular holiday pastime for many Chinese people, the government managed to disperse the group by shaming them in public with a megaphone.
Each lighting drone reportedly can cover 6,000 square meters and last for 10 hours on a single charge. They’re also said to be 80% more efficient than traditional street lamps and can facilitate construction by being easily moved from one spot to another.
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