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Monday, 09 August 2010 10:28

Google to get drones

Written by Nick Farell

Spies in the sky
While the US military uses drones to find and kill terrorists, it seems that Google is buying them to replace its street cars.

The German drones manufacturer, Microdrones, confirmed that it is flogging the drone with the catchy title, the Wirtschaftswoche kamerabestückte drone to Google's headquarters.

Microdrones CEO  Sven Juerss said there was a good chance that Google will be buying shedloads of the UAVs. He told German newspapers that UAVs are well suited to provide more timely recording of the map service Google Earth," says Juerss.

Civilian UAVs have a range of several thousand meters, which can fly at a speed of up to 80 kilometers per hour and fully automatically show whole neighbourhoods.

We guess they could be used to call in airstrikes against Apple too.

Nick Farell

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+4 #1 kartikkg 2010-08-09 10:52
Hmmm how about a google employee having a bad day and deciding to crash the UAVs into buildings!! public should be made aware of the movement of these planes!!
+3 #2 Great_Reaper 2010-08-09 11:43
a big drones-war between the whole IT companys. What a funny idea... :lol:
+3 #3 Bl0bb3r 2010-08-09 12:44
At least now you can shoot them down since they're unmanned.

With their car that wasn't an option unless you would mind being prosecuted for murder or attempted murder.

But reading kartikkg comment, shooting them down might result in someone/something being hit by the debris. Hm... dilemma.
+2 #4 Jaberwocky 2010-08-09 12:48
I hope that they get all the bugs out of the software before the launch them.It would bring new meaning to the term a computer crash ! :lol:
-1 #5 Xanzzu 2010-08-09 14:10
Searching in the sky. Got to be more careful what you write man.
+3 #6 cpt86 2010-08-09 14:15
The title of the drone is not "Wirtschaftswoch e kamerabestückt". "Wirtschaftswoch e" is the paper in which the news was announces and "kamerabestückt" just means the drone has a camera.

Kind regards
Chris from Germany
+2 #7 MrScary 2010-08-09 14:29
The drone isn´t like the USA air force, is tiny and sluggish, which make it more desirable for practicing with your airsoft/pellet gun :-), it will be a joy...maybe the last record will be a guy with a smile and an rifle in his arms.

I had seen them long ago and the are uber fantastic. It give me pitty...haha.

+3 #8 Tr0y 2010-08-09 21:21
"... the drone with the catchy title, the Wirtschaftswoch e kamerabestückte drone to Google's headquarters."

LOL ... you Fudzila guys don't speak German, do you? "Wirtschaftswoch e" is a German newspaper (translates to "business week"). "kamerabestückte " translates to "camera mounted".

So the name of the drone IS NOT "Wirtschaftswoch e kamerabestückte drone" - Wirtschaftswoch e is simply the newspaper that published the story first.

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