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US mass shootings prompt development of Taser-wielding drone

US mass shootings prompt development of Taser-wielding drone
The drone will be part of a system that also includes a network of security cameras, and VR training for first responders
The drone will be part of a system that also includes a network of security cameras, and VR training for first responders
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The drone will be part of a system that also includes a network of security cameras, and VR training for first responders
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The drone will be part of a system that also includes a network of security cameras, and VR training for first responders
A miniaturized Taser is being developed for use in the drone
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A miniaturized Taser is being developed for use in the drone

It's a sad fact that mass shootings have become an all-too-common occurrence in the US. Defense tech company Axon has announced what it states will be a new means of resolving such incidents quickly and relatively safely, utilizing a drone equipped with a Taser.

Axon, the Arizona-based firm that manufactures the Taser, announced its plans to develop the drone this Thursday (June 2nd).

Few details on the aircraft itself have been released at this point, other than the facts that it will be a remotely controlled quadcopter, equipped with one of the company's drone-specific Axon Air video cameras and a miniaturized version of the Taser electroshock weapon.

The Taser works by firing two small darts, each of which remains connected to the main device by a thin wire. When those darts strike a person (such as an active shooter), they deliver an electric shock which disrupts the individual's nervous system. Ideally, this just results in the person being temporarily incapacitated, although a number of Taser-related deaths certainly have been reported.

A miniaturized Taser is being developed for use in the drone
A miniaturized Taser is being developed for use in the drone

The drone will be part of a larger system, which will also include a network of security cameras – in schools, businesses and other locations – along with a VR-based training program designed to teach first responders how to deal with active shooters. It is hoped that this combined approach could ultimately allow authorities to "stop mass shootings in less than 60 seconds."

Project partners include Fusus, which is developing the camera network, along with DroneSense, which is working on the real-time drone control system.

Source: Axon

UPDATE (June 6th): Axon has announced that it is halting development on this project, as nine members of the company's ethics board announced that they were resigning in protest.

13 comments
13 comments
windykites
Tasers are a lot less deadly than bullets. Many mass shooters end up shot dead, which is actually instant justice. Imagine the shooter suing the police for injury from the Taser.
nameless minion
In the state of autocracy I live in, this might become a tool for the government to use to control crowds it didn't approve of.
Rusty Harris
This will go over like a piece of poop in a punch bowl. Ok, I know what...let's send an drone in and taser this ARMED
shooter. Ummm...chief? Won't the guy with the gun, shoot at the drone?
Shhhhhhhhhhh it's technology! It will work.
paul314
I hope future mass killers will be good enough to not operate from protected positions in high-rises, or behind barricaded doors the police are too cautious to break through, or in complex bad-visibility environments where there are lots of obstacles and it's hard to figure out whom to tase. And that shooters equipped with multiple semi-automatic weapons won't fire at the loud brightly-colored thing heading toward them.

Maybe while people are proposing dubiously-effective solutions we should consider modifying sprinkler systems to deliver some kind of chemical that would knock out everyone in a space under attack, thus eliminating the problem of figuring out who the evildoer is. (No, that's been tried to disastrous effect.)
Derek Howe
For this to not just get shot into pieces, it needs to be fast, in both recognizing the shooter, and taking the shot. If it's just some guy with a controller looking at a screen, forget about it.
el_gallo_azul
The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a Taser-wielding drone is a good guy with a Taser-wielding drone.

Etc.
TpPa
And then it begins, 1st tasers are useless on heavy clothes let alone a bullet proof vest, then we will have to change out to firearms, ah yes Please, let some idiot fly an armed drone in school around our children.
JUST NO TO ARMING DRONES & ROBOTS
Then of course it will only take a year or so for this crap to hit the black market, where most bad people buy bad things.
TpPa
Paul314
Yes the day is gone that people became Cops, and just bucked up and did their job THEY SIGNED UP FOR, no one made them become a Cop, so if you want that 20 year pension do what YOU signed up for.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: I know not all Cops avoid danger, or just sign up for the pension, and to you I say Thank You & I pity the dangerous crap you run into!!
CarolynFarstrider
Or failing that, the USA could implement much stronger gun controls. Simple.....
BlueOak
Automated/remote tasers… what could go wrong? Time to start pumping our local legislature to outlaw this type of remote tech madness. Just like photo radar remains (thankfully) illegal in our state, in spite of the camera companies lobbying for it.
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