Land Rover has supported the Red Cross since 1954 and supplied 120 vehicles to the IFRC for deployment in all corners of the globe. Project Hero is the first with a roof-mounted drone. Built into a sliding hatch on the roof, the drone can be launched using a touch-screen tablet from inside the vehicle while the car is in motion. A fully integrated landing system featuring self-centering and magnetic retention technology is a world-first that enables the drone to land on the vehicle when in motion.
The drone enhances new Discovery’s already outstanding capability. With the drone airborne, live footage can be transmitted to the Red Cross’s emergency response teams, helping them respond more quickly and effectively to landslides, earthquakes, floods and avalanches. Dramatic landscape changes can make maps redundant, which adds to the danger and difficulty of finding and rescuing survivors, so the drone’s bird’s-eye view will allow rescuers to investigate an emergency scene from a safe distance.
Project Hero is based on the 3.0-litre TD6 engine-powered version of the new Land Rover Discovery. In addition to the unique drone technology supplied in Project Hero, the rear of the interior in this special vehicle also features:
- Heavy-duty sliding floor in the rear load space, which may be deployed as an addition work surface, or to protect the load carried underneath
- Segregation panel behind the rear seats providing additional equipment mounting points
- Strategically positioned LED lighting to aid night vision
- Innovative power supply points which accept multiple plug arrangements from different regions