Drones at Montreal Marathon – DRONELIFE
Drones Help Identify Distressed Runner at Montreal Marathon
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
Drones operated by InDro Robotics as part of a medical research project at the Montréal Marathon were able to assist in locating a runner in distress near the end of the course.
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Data is currently undergoing analysis to determine if drones may be a useful tool for detecting athletes in need of assistance during major athletic events. While athletes in distress are typically reported by an emergency phone call, locating an individual in a crowded event can be time consuming. The aerial perspective granted by drones may allow for faster response times.
Dr. Valérie Homier, an emergency physician with the McGill University Health Centre, was responsible for organizing the research project and “Medi-Drone” team. Dr. Homier worked previously with InDro Robotics to research the use of drones in locating swimmers in distress during…