UK insurer Direct Line has partnered with drone experts to create one of the most progressive usages of drones ever. Fleetlights is a prototype fleet of flying torch drones that are responsive to an individual’s movements and controlled via a bespoke app in order to create street lights of the future.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16 EDITORIAL USE ONLY Jogger Francestca Monticelli during the launch of ÔFleetlightsÕ Ð a prototype range of smart drones fitted with high-powered lights, which have been designed by Direct Line and can be ordered by phone to improve road and pedestrian safety at night, at Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 16, 2016. The insurance provider has partnered with the drone technology specialists behind Mission Planner to create the prototype Fleetlights mobile phone app, which makes it simple to control the service and track your journey using your GPS location. The software is the first time the ÔLight my WayÕ functionality - which tracks and maintains a fixed distance ahead of a subject, rather than behind - has been used. Photo credit should read: John Nguyen/PA Wire

The collaboration with leading Mission Planner technology expert Michael Oborne and other specialists has created the new prototype service – a breakthrough in drone development. The ‘in beta’ concept is designed to provide light where there are little or no street lights, the Fleetlights mobile phone app and responsive drone service makes it simple to control the service and set your journey using your GPS location.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16 EDITORIAL USE ONLY Cyclist Matt Ritz Wright during the launch of ÔFleetlightsÕ Ð a prototype range of smart drones fitted with high-powered lights, which have been designed by Direct Line and can be ordered by phone to improve road and pedestrian safety at night, at Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 16, 2016. The insurance provider has partnered with the drone technology specialists behind Mission Planner to create the prototype Fleetlights mobile phone app, which makes it simple to control the service and track your journey using your GPS location. The software is the first time the ÔLight my WayÕ functionality - which tracks and maintains a fixed distance ahead of a subject, rather than behind - has been used. Photo credit should read: John Nguyen/PA Wire

This advanced software is the first time the Light My Way functionality – which sets and maintains a fixed distance ahead of a subject, rather than behind – has been used with a swarm of drones as a brand utility.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16 EDITORIAL USE ONLY Jogger Francestca Monticelli during the launch of ÔFleetlightsÕ Ð a prototype range of smart drones fitted with high-powered lights, which have been designed by Direct Line and can be ordered by phone to improve road and pedestrian safety at night, at Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 16, 2016. The insurance provider has partnered with the drone technology specialists behind Mission Planner to create the prototype Fleetlights mobile phone app, which makes it simple to control the service and track your journey using your GPS location. The software is the first time the ÔLight my WayÕ functionality - which tracks and maintains a fixed distance ahead of a subject, rather than behind - has been used. Photo credit should read: John Nguyen/PA Wire

This technology also represents the first time a fleet of drones is able to respond to a subject on the ground via new Rover technology.  This new software not only introduces new capabilities, but it also allows a dispatcher to be contacted via the Fleetlights app in real-time and then dispatch the fleet on planned, way pointed missions, driven by the user.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16 EDITORIAL USE ONLY Attendees watch a demonstration at the launch of ÔFleetlightsÕ Ð a prototype range of smart drones fitted with high-powered lights, which have been designed by Direct Line and can be ordered by phone to improve road and pedestrian safety at night, at Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 16, 2016. The insurance provider has partnered with the drone technology specialists behind Mission Planner to create the prototype Fleetlights mobile phone app, which makes it simple to control the service and track your journey using your GPS location. The software is the first time the ÔLight my WayÕ functionality - which tracks and maintains a fixed distance ahead of a subject, rather than behind - has been used. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Requesting a Fleetlight is as simple and intuitive as ordering a taxi with real-time between Fleet Control and smartphone.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16 EDITORIAL USE ONLY General views during the launch of ‘Fleetlights’ – a prototype range of smart drones fitted with high-powered lights, which have been designed by Direct Line and can be ordered by phone to improve road and pedestrian safety at night, at Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 16, 2016. The insurance provider has partnered with the drone technology specialists behind Mission Planner to create the prototype Fleetlights mobile phone app, which makes it simple to control the service and track your journey using your GPS location. The software is the first time the ‘Light my Way’ functionality - which tracks and maintains a fixed distance ahead of a subject, rather than behind - has been used. Photo credit should read: John Nguyen/PA Wire

Mark Evans, director of marketing, from Direct Line said:

“Increasingly, technology will shift the centre of gravity for insurance from restitution towards prevention. We want to lead the trend into this space and so we are always looking at innovative ways to proactively improve everyday life through emerging technologies. We felt that street lights could be much better, especially as the nights draw in. This prototype has been created to show how a responsive light service could help people to feel safer.”

EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16 EDITORIAL USE ONLY Cyclist Matt Ritz Wright during the launch of ÔFleetlightsÕ Ð a prototype range of smart drones fitted with high-powered lights, which have been designed by Direct Line and can be ordered by phone to improve road and pedestrian safety at night, at Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 16, 2016. The insurance provider has partnered with the drone technology specialists behind Mission Planner to create the prototype Fleetlights mobile phone app, which makes it simple to control the service and track your journey using your GPS location. The software is the first time the ÔLight my WayÕ functionality - which tracks and maintains a fixed distance ahead of a subject, rather than behind - has been used. Photo credit should read: John Nguyen/PA Wire

 

Futurologist, Dr Ian Pearson, commented:

“This ground-breaking prototype technology could serve a really positive purpose in the future – providing a safer, more efficient way to light both individuals and organisations. From local councils, search & rescue teams and the emergency services right through to local cycling and running clubs, the usages are endless and I can see this being commonplace by 2021.”

 

EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16 EDITORIAL USE ONLY Suzi Perry pictured at the launch of ÔFleetlightsÕ Ð a prototype range of smart drones fitted with high-powered lights, which have been designed by Direct Line and can be ordered by phone to improve road and pedestrian safety at night, at Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 16, 2016. The insurance provider has partnered with the drone technology specialists behind Mission Planner to create the prototype Fleetlights mobile phone app, which makes it simple to control the service and track your journey using your GPS location. The software is the first time the ÔLight my WayÕ functionality - which tracks and maintains a fixed distance ahead of a subject, rather than behind - has been used. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Hosting the event was the former The Gadget Show TV presenter, Suzi Perry, who waxed lyrical about how the drones could provide much relief to her on her nighttime jogs in West London.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16 EDITORIAL USE ONLY General view of a demonstration at the launch of ÔFleetlightsÕ Ð a prototype range of smart drones fitted with high-powered lights, which have been designed by Direct Line and can be ordered by phone to improve road and pedestrian safety at night, at Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 16, 2016. The insurance provider has partnered with the drone technology specialists behind Mission Planner to create the prototype Fleetlights mobile phone app, which makes it simple to control the service and track your journey using your GPS location. The software is the first time the ÔLight my WayÕ functionality - which tracks and maintains a fixed distance ahead of a subject, rather than behind - has been used. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Fleetlights is the first in a series of ‘Better from Direct Line’ initiatives that will see the brand undertaking projects to improve everyday objects that impact the lives of people in the UK.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16 EDITORIAL USE ONLY Cyclist Matt Ritz Wright during the launch of ÔFleetlightsÕ Ð a prototype range of smart drones fitted with high-powered lights, which have been designed by Direct Line and can be ordered by phone to improve road and pedestrian safety at night, at Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 16, 2016. The insurance provider has partnered with the drone technology specialists behind Mission Planner to create the prototype Fleetlights mobile phone app, which makes it simple to control the service and track your journey using your GPS location. The software is the first time the ÔLight my WayÕ functionality - which tracks and maintains a fixed distance ahead of a subject, rather than behind - has been used. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16 EDITORIAL USE ONLY General views during the launch of ‘Fleetlights’ – a prototype range of smart drones fitted with high-powered lights, which have been designed by Direct Line and can be ordered by phone to improve road and pedestrian safety at night, at Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 16, 2016. The insurance provider has partnered with the drone technology specialists behind Mission Planner to create the prototype Fleetlights mobile phone app, which makes it simple to control the service and track your journey using your GPS location. The software is the first time the ‘Light my Way’ functionality - which tracks and maintains a fixed distance ahead of a subject, rather than behind - has been used. Photo credit should read: John Nguyen/PA Wire

EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 16 EDITORIAL USE ONLY General views during the launch of ‘Fleetlights’ – a prototype range of smart drones fitted with high-powered lights, which have been designed by Direct Line and can be ordered by phone to improve road and pedestrian safety at night, at Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 16, 2016. The insurance provider has partnered with the drone technology specialists behind Mission Planner to create the prototype Fleetlights mobile phone app, which makes it simple to control the service and track your journey using your GPS location. The software is the first time the ‘Light my Way’ functionality - which tracks and maintains a fixed distance ahead of a subject, rather than behind - has been used. Photo credit should read: John Nguyen/PA Wire