BERLIN – Germany’s railway operator plans to deploy minidrones to catch vandals who deface its trains with graffiti, with the aerial vehicles shooting thermal images of its train depots at night.
Deutsche Bahn plans to soon start testing the vehicles, which have four helicopter-style rotors and can shoot high-resolution pictures.
“We are going to use this technology in problem areas, where taggers are most active,” a railway spokesman said.
A “pilot” remotely steers the vehicles at heights of up to 150 meters and speeds of up to 54 kph. An operator evaluates the images, which the company plans to use as evidence.
Deutsche Bahn said it suffered property damage last year worth €7.6 million ($10 million) from people spray-painting its carriages.