Police Scotland has unveiled plans for a new aerial drone system to help with searches for missing and vulnerable people.



The remotely-piloted aircraft system (RPAS) uses advanced cameras and neural computer networks to see someone it's looking for - from a "speck" up to 150 metres away - with software compare enough to be used on a phone.

Police Scotland's air support unit's Inspector Nicholas Whyte said: "The drone itself has very special sensors on it.

"There's a very highly-powered optical camera which can allow us to see things quite clearly from a good height. Also, there's a thermal imaging sensor which detects heat.

"We're there to find people. People who need our help or people who are lost."

The system has been created as part of a collaboration between Police Scotland, tech multinational Thales and the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).