It’s just after sunrise in Cape Town and the clear skies start to fill with hundreds of what can be described as gleaming robotic birds or drones, flocking to various parts of the city as the working day begins.
It’s the year 2020, and these drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), are vital to individuals and businesses alike. Drones deliver medical supplies, cargo and packages for businesses – and even pizzas.
Circling above the N2, a metro police UAS tracks a hijacked vehicle and leads ground units directly to a chop shop. This may sound like something out of a Philip K Dick science fiction novel, but a drone-driven society is closer than you might think.