Valmie Resources Inc (OTCBB:VMRI) has signed an MoU with a search and rescue organization to provide aerial assistance through drones. The company is also pushing for UAV innovations and is actively seeking public and government interest towards the development of self flying UAV’s. The company has pointed out at the recent tests for self driving cars and argues that the same can be done with drones as well.
Valmie is the latest addition from the UAV community, which is joining the humanitarian organizations. Drones have been increasingly in demand for search and rescue operations, especially since their viability and potential was seen in the earthquake aftermath in Nepal. Apart from the companies, some individuals have also taken interest in using drones for SAR operations. A hobbyist group, known as SWARM, has members in over 50 countries. The members collaborate with each other to make the most of SAR missions in their countries.
The drone industry has also been one of the most innovative industries of the current time. It has attracted a lot of hobbyists and some of the brightest minds of our time. Unfortunately, they have been limited by regulators, who are still uncertain about drafting drone regulations. The current rules dictate that UAV’s fly within the site of its operators, without the use of aides, like binoculars.
Valmie, like many other companies, wants to see drones flying without their operators in sight. This is the same problem that Amazon.com had been facing with its drone delivery system. Fortunately, it was granted an exemption from the FAA, but will still have to wait for the final regulations before it begins commercial use. Valmie is planning to use cloud based services combined with SaaS to make autonomous drones a possibility. The problem, however, that needs to be sorted out is how do drones avoid unforeseen obstacles. Failure to do so can result in catastrophe. Valmie is working on the exact same problem.
Valmie Resources Inc (OTCBB:VMRI) closed at $1.30, after losing 5.8% on May 13. The company has 63.88 million shares being traded in the market, with a 52-week range of $0.75-$6.