APB, a new crime drama launching on Fox later this month, offers an interesting and fairly realistic prediction of how drone technology could be applied in the world of law enforcement.
Gideon Reeves is a billionaire used to getting what he wants, when he wants it. That much is clear in a matter of minutes. He’s also the CEO of a leading technology company and knows a thing or two about drones. When a close friend is murdered in front of his eyes and the Chicago police are nowhere to be seen, he decides to take matters into his own hands. After publicly cornering the city’s mayor, he takes control of policing in Chicago’s struggling 13th district and digs deep into his own pockets to give the force a much-needed high-tech makeover. That’s where the drones come in.
Although the series starts with an exhibition of Reeves’ latest drone, designed to stem the flow of oil well fires and somehow capable of 36 hours of flight time, it’s when he makes the move into law enforcement that things get interesting. Plenty of drone enthusiasts and police men and women will enjoy the plausible look at how drones could be used to fight crime in the years to come.
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Everything you’d expect from APB is present, along with a little of what you might not have considered before. Drones that look suspiciously similar to the DJI Inspire 1 are dispatched to keep track of perps’ on the run, while it’s not long before Reeves decides to arm them with tasers, too.
Drone fans will also enjoy seeing a prime-time tv version of a moment many pilots will have experienced: the dreaded loss of signal and the inevitable crash that follows.
APB, FOX’s new cop show with a twist, will be premiering on Monday, February 6th at 9pm ET/PT, and will continue to air on Mondays at the same time. It looks to be an entertaining series, especially if you’re into drones, arrogant but entertaining billionaires meddling where they shouldn’t, technology trends and generally looking forward at how UAVs can be applied to help make police work easier.