The technology behind drones has revolutionized a number of industries already. Never before has it been so easy to get an aerial vantage point without actually having to man the vehicle itself. One market where drones could potentially be used to increase safety is racing.
Finding Issues Before They Become a Problem
When you think about long distant races, you’re always going to have possible threats awaiting participants down the line. For example, during the Tour de France, workers constantly have to stay ahead of the cyclists to ensure that anything in the road that would run the risk of getting someone hurt is removed as soon as possible.
However, drones could potentially do a much better job of this. Workers don’t have to man vehicles that take to the course and could potentially break down or otherwise cause problems of their own.
A drone can find the issue and the controller can then communicate it to workers who then go out to the track and handle the problem.
Keeping Cameramen Safe
Racing is definitely a great sport for audiences. While it combines competition with an adrenaline rush, it also takes a lot of cameramen coordinating in order to provide the view the audience wants. When you think of sports like NASCAR, this means incurring significant threats when things go wrong.
Obviously, this kind of a risk isn’t a factor for drones. It’s possible one of them could get completely destroyed if a crash occurred, but no one would get hurt in the process. Drones can supply the best possible vantage points—including ever-more ambitious ones necessary to keep viewers—without putting anyone in a risky situation.
A good example of a cameraman getting put in harm’s way actually took place this past summer during the Eneco Tour. During stage seven, Eugenio Alafaci crashed into Karsten Kroon, which resulted in a cameraman getting knocked over.
Keeping Participants Safe
The other thing you need to consider about including cameramen in a race is that they pose a threat to participants too. Many can get too aggressive with their approach. Either way, as with the Eneco Tour example, their participation often puts the racers at risk. Those cyclists, for example, had bones broken due, in part, because of the cameraman they ran into.
Drones can cover more ground than cameramen ever could without having to put any one in a position where they can get hurt or injured worse. The technology has been advancing rapidly in this area and some of the best dones are capable of pretty exciting things.
Unfortunately, when it comes to races, crashes and other accidents are all but inevitable. Nonetheless, it makes sense to keep working toward making these events as unlikely as possible in the future. One way to do this is by reviewing what happened to cause the incident.
With a drone, you can follow each participant and/or the entire group as it moves through the course you can now get a better understanding for how an accident happened if one should. By doing this, parties can be held accountable, rules can be changed, courses can be altered, etc. in order to ensure things are safer in the future.
For all these reasons and more, racing should be the next market to benefit from drone technology.