Drones and the Need for Safety Features

Nowadays, as drones are becoming more popular and fully autonomous or less reliant on a human operator, the issue of how safe drones must be while in flight becomes even more essential.

As this article noted, over the last few years, the linkage between a drone and its operator has grown less direct. […]You simply program a flight path and let the drone execute those instructions in the way that it algorithmically determines. And with that, potential problems may arise, the article continues, from gaps in the drone’s ability to sense what’s around it. A drone knows everything about its position and speed and its battery levels, but nearly nothing about the larger world it operates within.

Back in 2017, the need for drones to have safety features were already being addressed. Drones are adopting redundant stabilization systems so they can continue on their missions even if some parts fail. One piece of new technology allows drones to keep flying safely even when sensors — themselves meant to monitor if a propeller (or propellers) fails — malfunction.[…] DJI and other makers are adopting multiple sensors that do the same job and a system to prevent drones from immediately falling when a motor fails to rotate a propeller. Read more

Recently, a Detroit company, Airspace Link, which provides federal, state, and local government drone flight planning, authorization, and management solutions, has partnered with California’s Esri, a location intelligence company, to integrate a flight planner designed to inform pilots of conditions before drone takeoff. This will keep drone pilots informed of area conditions and regulations when planning automated drone flights. – Read more

Another means of ensuring drone safety is through the help of mobile network operators, one article suggests. They can supply incredibly valuable information about the air and ground situation over a planned path, while also supplying specialized services that make drone operations valuable to industry. – Read more

Drone technologies have been advancing through the years and continue to do so. […]future drone tech is currently undergoing groundbreaking progressive improvement. According to airdronecraze, an Amazon Services LLC affiliate advertising program website, drone technology has seven potential generations, and the majority of current technology sits in the fifth and sixth generations.[…] As these technologies continue to evolve and grow, drones will become safer and more dependable. – Read more

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