A vehicle with its own drone and the video transmitted live onto the infotainment screen? This ain’t no James Bond script, it’s the Discovery ‘Project Hero’ (concept) created for the Austrian Red Cross, intended to save lives by speeding up response times to the disasters.
Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in collaboration with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has created this bespoke Discovery with a roof-mounted drone. The vehicle features a fully integrated landing system with self-centring and magnetic retention technology, that enables the drone to land on the Project Hero even when the vehicle is in motion, which it claims to be the world’s first.
With the drone airborne, live footage can be transmitted to the Red Cross’s emergency response teams, helping them respond more quickly and effectively to landslides, earthquakes, floods and avalanches, says JLR. Along with the drone, Project Hero features LED lights, night vision equipment, and several other rescue and multiple frequency radio equipment as well.
Land Rover has supported the Red Cross since 1954 and supplied 120 vehicles to the IFRC for deployment in all corners of the globe. Project Hero is the first with a roof-mounted drone.
The Project Hero is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, with an output of 258 PS and 600 Nm of torque, paired to an 8-speed ZF automatic. The special Discovery will be based at the Austrian Red Cross training centre in Erzberg, in the mountainous Eisenerz mining area, and in Vienna, for 12 months from June 2017.