University library to open drone rental scheme

Students at the University of South Florida will soon be able to check out drones from their campus library.

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Published Tue, Jun 24 2014 11:29 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:16 PM CST

The University of South Florida is setting up a drone rental scheme that will allow students to borrow a UAV from their college.

University library to open drone rental scheme | TweakTown.com

Two DJI Phantom 2 Vision drones will be available for students to borrow, and the University expects they will be popular for a variety of reasons. For example, those studying architecture will be able to aerially check out buildings instead of having to use more traditional methods. "I see us working with all kinds of departments," director of academic services, Nancy Cunningham, said.

Any prospective pilots will have to take a course in safely operating the drones, and each time they are used staff will be on hand to make sure things go smoothly. The scheme will run from Fall 2014 at the Tampa campus library. It's the latest technological upgrade to the university, which installed a smart lab at the library in 2013.

Tamlin Magee is based in London. His name can be found around the web and in print, and he's mostly interested in the ways the rapid rate of technological development is affecting us and our surroundings.

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