Return of the Flying Robots

Remember those flying robots I mentioned earlier, and how I said they Europe has them already? Well, I didn’t know how right I actually was. Turns out Britain is shelling out big bucks to get a fleet of flying robots off the ground.

The British government plans to spend 16 million pounds–about $28 million–on the development of robot aircraft that could be used for police and fire surveillance.

The government said that development of unstaffed craft could "revolutionize" police and fire surveillance, as well as powerline and pipeline inspections–all of which currently rely on human-flown aircraft.

The investment will support a $57.9 million project called Autonomous Systems Technology Related Airborne Evaluation and Assessment, or Astraea.

No word on whether these flying robots — unmanned aerial vehicles — will be outfitted with tentacles or not.

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