Drones have become increasingly popular over the past couple of years, so much that the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are in the process of developing and implementing the necessary laws that will govern use.
Considering drone usage has not come close to reaching its peak, DOT and FAA realized the necessity of laying out regulations and conditions, particularly for those under 55-pounds that are involved in non-recreational activities. The set standards would include height limits, registration, operator certification and approved time-of-day usage. There may be additional regulations imposed on drones that are 4.4-pounds or less, depending on public feedback. The FAA is accepting comments until approximately April 15th, before they make a determination.
On the positive side of the drone industry, in early February 2015, Dubai (UAE), held an international competition for "the best use of civilian drones for improving people's lives". This was intended to stimulate the usage of drones for the positive advancement, protection and comfort for the future. The award of $1 million was given to Flyability, a project that was designed by Patrick Thevoz for developing "the world's first collision resistant drone for search and rescue".
If you haven't kept up with this technology, the fascinating collection we are showing today is proof that these flying assistants are going to become a much bigger part of our daily lives for the years to come.
10 Park Ranger Drones
Arnau Terrades, from Spain, realized a drone might be the perfect tool to help detect and arrest poachers and protect wildlife and entered into the Dubai contest with a plan that included using fleets of camera-equipped drones. Poaching is a serious issue in many countries and Spain is one of them.
9 Slum & Disaster Relief Drones
If you have never heard of S.W.A.R.M, it is a worldwide volunteer search and rescue network. This is an amazingly humanitarian use of drones and hopefully, this will come to fruition sooner than later. According to sardones.com, S.W.A.R.M. has over 1,100 drone pilots who are trained to use drones and according to a report in CNN, drones represent the future of disaster response. If you think about the types and quantities of disasters that have left people without food, water or clothing and remember the difficulties that response vehicles and aircrafts have just getting into the disaster zone, it is clear that this technology will save lives.
8 Search and Rescue Drones
Another fantastic use for drones, a search and rescue drone can help firefighters and all arms of law enforcement. Rather than send helicopters flying low to the ground, drones will be able to more easily search for missing people, escaped criminals or victims of crime who are unable to free themselves. According to digitaltrends.com, there is an Iranian company that is in the process of creating a new search and rescue drone - Pars, which is intended to be a life saver. It includes three life rings and can be dropped into the water to help a troubled diver, swimmer or boater. The company tested its ability against a life guard and the drone reached the test drowning swimmer in 22 seconds, according to a report in industrytap.com. The experienced, trained life guard arrived at the same spot within 91 seconds.
7 Land Mine Detection
6 Alcohol Delivery
5 Flower Delivery
4 Sports Photography
3 Prescription Medications
2 Beer Delivery
1 Pizza Delivery
Most are familiar with the fact that Mumbai, India is so heavily populated that it has nightmare traffic, so according to a story in the Times of India, Francesco's Pizzeria, in the city's heart, is looking into and testing drones for their pizza delivery. One such test was delivered to a high rise in Mumbai. Other tests have been made in the UK and Ireland and so far the upshot is there are still hurdles to climb. Domino's has also come out with the DomiCopter and is testing rural pizza delivery.
Amazon.com is also testing the waters and according to CBS's 60 Minutes, the online retail giant is aimed at using this method for transporting packages under 2.5 kilos mid-decade.
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