If you were Google, what would you do with an autonomous, camera-equipped quadrotor? Google, who is Google, must have a pretty good idea (or ideas), since they’ve bought their own Microdrone, which (last time we checked) costs somewhere in the neighborhood of $60k. According to the German publication Wirtschaftswoche, Microdrones GmbH says that their UAVs “are superbly suited to deliver more up-to-date recordings for mapping service Google Earth,” although that may just be a potential use that they’re suggesting as opposed to what Google is actually planning. Still, it’s kinda fun to think about… Like, it might be possible for Google to deliver a live version of Google Earth, at least over a small area, using a Microdrone (or a network of microdrones!) and a georeferenced live video network link.
Or they could be doing something entirely different.
The point is, I guess, that the Microdrone offers a way to collect data that is pretty much limited only by the imagination of the user, and Google has proven to be pretty creative when it comes to collecting and deploying imagery. So now that they have one, the sky’s the limit. Or rather, it isn’t.