Straight out of a cyberpunk sci-fi novel, Japan’s Tokyo police force have initiated an anti-drone squad to help them combat bad guys using drones. Their method of combat: using drones themselves, equipped with nets that are 6 to 10ft in length. With the proliferation of drone technology to the everyday citizen, the Japanese govt. feel it’s prudent to adapt with the future and figure out more creative ways at combating criminals who are using these future conditions to their own advantage.
“When drones are spotted in no-fly zones, the squad will search for the operators and order them to ground the drones. If they fail to comply, the squad will scramble large drones equipped with cameras and nets measuring 2 to 3 meters in length.”
The use of drones by a mass populace is already a science fiction dream come true. Despite some heavy pushback by drone regulators, the technology is here to stay and is only going to grow larger in demand (and smaller in drone size) as the years go by. Which is why the Japanese govt. has decided to effectively begin combatting the criminal use of drone technologies. We might be aiming for a positive, more optimistic future, but crime will always be lurking just around the corner. Preparing for these nefarious acts will only help us create a safer future for all of us to live in. If it doesn’t, well…at least we’ll be living inside of a cyberpunk future. That in itself sounds exciting!
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