American Robotics’ autonomous Scout System drone will soon be equipped with technology that can identify methane leaks, thus automating the inspection of oil and gas fields.

This feat is being made possible through a strategic partnership with Infrared Cameras Inc. (ICI), a Texas-based company that has been manufacturing infrared imaging tech solutions since 1995.

Basically, American Robotics’ Scout drones will be equipped with ICI’s optical gas imaging and thermal sensors. These sensors will enable the Scout System to autonomously collect critical data and identify anomalies such as methane leaks and equipment and electrical hotspots.

The drone-in-a-box company is hoping that the new tech stack will translate into reduced operational expenses for its customers, as well as better safety for oil and gas workers and the environment.

According to American Robotics, some of the oil and gas industry’s largest companies are now focusing on integrating…