Segway-like robot helps fight fires with 3D, thermal imaging

June 6, 2013 2:22 PM

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Segway-like robot helps fight fires with 3D, thermal imaging

Engineers at UC San Diego are testing small, mobile robotic vehicles that create virtual reality maps with temperature data that first responders can use in real time.

In 2012, 83 firefighters died in the line of duty in the U.S. alone, and another 37 fatalities have been reported thus far in 2013. But, with better scouting tools, these numbers could be lowered.

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