Land Rover’s New SUV Is Able to Launch a Drone, Saving Lives

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Land Rover just stepped up its cool factor big time, which honestly, we didn't even know was possible. The car manufacturer has created a brand new version of its Discovery SUV, featuring a quadcopter drone that launches from the top. The drone can take off and land while the vehicle is moving, while simultaneously sending back live footage from the air.

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So yeah, major cool points go to Land Rover.

The main purpose of the vehicle is to aid in search and rescue operations, helping the Red Cross save lives. The Austrian Red Cross is actively deploying the new Land Rover "Project Hero" vehicles and testing out the drone.

Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) unit custom made the car, but it's based on the 3.0-litre TD6 engine-powered version of the new Land Rover Discovery, according to The Verge. A new magnetic retention and self-centering system is being put in, which allows the drone to land on the roof without the need for the car to slow down. The Red Cross plans to transmit live footage from the drone to greatly quicken the response time when a natural disaster occurs.

"The drone will be used in simulations to develop new and innovative techniques for disaster relief and on test-runs for complex natural disaster scenarios, including at night and in dense forests," the company explained in a press release.

Here's a look at Project Hero:

The Austrian Red Cross will start testing out the new Land Rover in June, and if all goes according to plan, drones might just be the new way to save lives that otherwise wouldn't have been able to be saved.

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