Like plenty of other densely populated cities, Tokyo is a little nervous about the prospect of flybys by rogue drones. But instead of just sticking to flight restrictions and all out bans, it appears that the Tokyo polices are actually getting a few anti-drone drones that can deal with unauthorized fliers.
reports that one of these drones, which carries a 3 meter by 2 meter net beneath it, will be deployed by the Tokyo police if another drone is flying without authorization and the pilot can't be found, or refuses to land his craft. As video from shows, it's actually a pretty efficient method of capturing a quad out of the sky without just dropping it on anyone who happens to be below. It's also a remarkably similar system to the one developed by French company Malou Tech for the exact same purpose.
Anti-drone drones like this are just a very small slice of the growing anti-drone business, which includes from tactical cyber rifles to shotgun shells made specifically for shooting the little buggers out of the sky. But when it comes to snagging a quad without any collateral damage, this net approach seems like one of the best you can hope for.
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