Beware the drones? The skies are about to get a lot busier with the buzz of mini-copters delivering food and even firefighting – but will it be safe?
- In less 10 years, 32,000 commercial drones could be flying worldwide
- They could be used for everything from shopping to disaster relief
- If a drone malfunctions, it could feel like 5lb brick falling from the sky
- There is currently no working system to make drones fully autonomous
- Some of the greatest dangers of errant drones are are close to airports
- The Federal Aviation Administration plans to release guidelines soon about who can fly drones weighing less than 55lbs (25kg)
Armies of flying robots are set to fill our skies, doing everything from delivering medical supplies to spraying crops and inspecting high-voltage cables.
But for drones to make it to the big time, they will need to learn to get around in towns and cities – without falling on car hoods or crashing into pedestrians.
Armies of flying robots are set to fill our skies, doing everything from delivering medical supplies to spraying crops and inspecting high-voltage cables. Pictured is a Deutsche Post DHL drone carrying a small parcel
In less than a decade, as many as 32,000 commercial drones could be flying worldwide, according to aerospace consultancy Teal Group
Today, technology has advanced to the point where hobbyists can fly the unmanned aircraft with their iPhones.