Watch This Japanese Drone Catch Other Drones in the Sky

December 11, 2015

8:00 pm

For a country insistent on the support of its whaling industry, it’s not too surprising to discover that the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has made plans to launch a new police squad that will operate drones to help take down the unwanted and unsafe use of other consumer and commercial drones flying over the city.

According to the BBC, the squad will be tasked with protecting important buildings and areas throughout Tokyo – such as the Prime Minister’s office – and will operate drones armed with nets to literally catch other drones in the sky. In a video posted on Jiji.com on Thursday, you can see Tokyo police officers testing out one of these drones, and how it successfully manages to poach another drone in the sky:

With the ever-increasing interest and investment in drone technology, it won’t be too long before many more consumers get their hands on their own drones. And in a country like Japan – where new technology permeates through society at a much quicker pace than in the United States – there’s a lot of potential issues that can arise when all those drones take to the sky.

(H/T Mashable)

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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