Pictured right is a Skydio drone. They are slightly bigger than a dinner plate.
Autonomous drones in its simplest terms means that the drones fly themselves. This means no extensive training required to be certified as a drone operator is needed. When the tests are as hard as getting an actual Pilots License, this comes as a relief.
Access to information has been one of the biggest issues that Police Officers & Firefighters have told us about, and having a bird's eye view without the expensive costs of a helicopter, and deployed instantly when needed has been a demanded feature. In addition to livestreaming to encrypted iPads on the scene, the 4k footage is streamed to whoever else is on the network, enabling for multiple qualified opinions, resulting in better situational control, all from across the country.
"In a critical sector where collaboration is key, “starting small, considering co-funding opportunities, and investing in drone management software,” are timely pieces of advice from Sergeant Rees."