Land Rover Discovery Rescue Vehicle has been introduced at 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It is designed by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations division and will be used by the Austrian Red Cross.
It is called Project Hero and gets a drone on its roof which can be launched during transit, coming to the aid of people in distress trailed by emergency response team of the Red Cross.
The drone gets self centering and magnetic retention technology and can land on a car in motion. It transmits live footage back to the response team allowing them to take quick action in the event of natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, landslides and the like. The drone can be controlled from the vehicle via a tablet app that allows occupants to survey the surrounding area as they drive.
The drone is an M480L Multicopter from Taiwanese company Align which fits within an orange box on top of the Discovery. It has a top speed of 53.9 kmph with runtime of 20 minutes and can transmit and receive data upto 1 kilometer away.
LED lighting for night vision, additional power supply points and a sliding floor are also some of the features available allowing for more efficient search and rescue operations. Land Rover Discovery Rescue Vehicle gets powered by a 3.0 liter TD6 engine with an all wheel drive system.
Project Hero gets off to a start in June 2017 with the Austrian Red Cross. It will be conducted in the training center in Erzberg, a mountainous mining region in Eisenerz and Vienna.