By Neil Halligan
Dubai competition seeks practical use of drones
A total of 16 concepts have qualified for the semi-finals of the Drones for Good Award competition, selected from around 300 entries.
The award, launched by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, seeks to find practical uses for drones in everyday life.
Among the concept entries that have made the shortlist are: drones the can be used to transport medical needs and first aid; drones that cover the city of Dubai in case of fire-related emergencies; drones to promote the UAE by allowing anyone to explore its iconic landmarks from their laptops and smartphones; drones to monitor and inspect new construction sites and drones to monitor car parks in designated areas and report car park violators.
There are two awards available: AED1m for the best UAE idea and $1 million (AED3.7 million) prize for the top international drone design.
The semi-finalists will submit a short video detailing their idea, after which five finalists will be announced. The overall winner be announced on December 1.
A full list of semi-finalists is available here.