Greensboro company wants drones to be first responders

Photo courtesy of Olaeris

A company in Greensboro wants its drones to be the first on the scene of fires, car wrecks and disasters across the region.

The News & Record reports that the Greensboro City Council is being pitched a $5.7 million program that would quickly send unmanned aircraft to the scene of emergency calls and send back pictures before police and fire crews arrive.

Greensboro-based HAECO Americas and a company called Olaeris say their drones, which run on an electric charge and have a range of 100 miles, could be on location and transmitting photos within about a minute and a half, the News & Record reports.

The two companies want to use the Triad as a home base for the mid-Atlantic region.