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UAE students build drone that clears fog

Group from Dubai college showcased a drone that can disperse fog and clear smog

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A visitor being briefed about the drone at the Innovator 2018 and Abu Dhabi Science Festival
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Abu Dhabi: A group of students from a Dubai college showcased a drone that can disperse fog and clear smog.

It could be very useful for government officials particularly the road traffic police to clear fog during early hours in winter when many accidents occur, innovators say.

The drone carries a bottle, filled with chemicals that spreads in the atmosphere, which helps clearing fog in 15 to 20 minutes. The drone can carry 1kg of dispensing liquid — urea and salt solutions.

Speaking to Gulf News, Rifah Mohammad, 19, from BITS Pilani, Dubai campus, said: “We have created a dispensing mechanism and the moment camera sense the fog it dispenses the liquid to clear the fog and people car drive smoothly.”

These drones can be used on motorways and where dense fog hinders vehicular movements, she said.

“In fact, the idea came to our mind to create a gadget that can fight fog because it causes so many accidents across the country,” Ashlin D’souza, 19 from the same campus, said.

“This is first prototype we have made programming its camera and enabling it to carry dispensing chemicals, she said.

Still we experiment different aspects of it. Once it’s complete we will get it approved to sell to the only government officials,” she said.

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