Germany Will Use Drones to Fight ... Graffiti

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2013 5:05 PM CDT
Germany Will Use Drones to Fight ... Graffiti
An Israeli air force unmanned plane.   (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Germany's national railway says it spends $10 million a year cleaning up graffiti. Its proposed solution? Drones, which will hover around 500 feet in the air and use cameras and infra-red sensors to catch vandals spray-painting trains at night, the BBC reports. Each drone will cost around $77,600.

The plan is still in testing phase, but could prove controversial amongst Germans, who value privacy. Google Street View cameras caused a ruckus a few years back, and as many as 200,000 people asked for their houses to be blanked out on the service when Google was forced to offer an "opt-out" option. Deutsche Bahn says it will only operate the drones on its private land. (More drones stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.