US: Researchers in the United States are working on a new generation of disaster drones that can be deployed in swarms into buildings to give first responders a look inside mapping out the interior as they fly past. The drones could be valuable in situations like massive explosions or major building fires.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University envisage using a larger drone to carry multiple smaller drones into whatever environment is being explored. The smaller drones would deploy from the large drone and begin their work. Each small drone will carry fewer sensors and they'll communicate with each other over ad-hoc peer-to-peer networks. All of this information could be sent back to controllers via the mothership, which also carries a camera to provide a live video link.