Drones and AI Improve 'EMILY' Lifesaver Robot for Large-Scale Water Rescues

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The Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, or EMILY, is called into action by lifeguards and emergency response teams around the world for water rescues. With support from the National Science Foundation , researchers from Texas A&M University are developing some software upgrades to make EMILY and other rescue robots 'smarter' for large-scale water rescues, such as coming to the aid of a capsized ferry or water taxi. They are working with tethered drones to create an 'eye in the sky' combined with onboard thermal sensing to autonomously navigate EMILY to a cluster of people.