And these ‘eyes in the skies’ are reportedly on trial in cities ranging from London to New York.
Developed by Avalon Airships, the incredible zero emission EOS blimps use fully electric drivetrains, while their streamlined hybrid design allows them to travel silently at high speeds for long periods.
The ability to land on water allows these helium-filled leviathans to reach even the most remote destinations in record time.
And the fully autonomous onboard technology allows the EOS to operate 24 hours a day with minimal downtime at low cost.
Multiple, high resolution camera arrays allow the police and rescue services even greater insight into on-the-ground situations.
The aircrafts are equipped with a remotely piloted drone, allowing them to give more direct aid in emergencies.
And autonomous flight has the additional advantage of being able to operate in conditions commonly considered too risky for piloted aircraft.
A range of storage compartments allow the drone to carry a wide range of medical and survival payloads.
With a range of 300 miles, the vehicle’s impressive endurance allows it to work as a communications relay in disaster zones.
While designed to improve policing and other emergency services, they can easily be adapted for commercial use, with their flexible payload capacity useful in areas such as freight, entertainment and farming.