You can fly a drone in your backyard, Amazon wants to start using drones to deliver packages, drones can be used in military actions, drones can deliver supplies to distant areas – is there anything drones cannot do? Let’s see what lies ahead for these little flying machines.
The drone industry is already a multiple billion-dollar market and is only going to increase in value. But there is just one problem – legislation. There are many concerns surrounding safety and privacy issues as all drones are equipped with cameras which makes it easy to record something or someone even by accident. And this applies to both commercial and private use.
With a drone being an easily redesigned machine, there are now a lot of variations and purposes for the UAVs – selfie drones, toy drones, even drone sticks! These machines are also becoming more and more popular in the movie-making industry – it is much easier and cheaper to use a drone for aerial shots rather than hiring a helicopter. We can only see a greater future for drone usage in this industry. Same applies to military – they have been using drones for decades now, even before UAVs became so popular amongst general publics.
Even Facebook and Google each own a drone manufacturer! And if such successful companies consider investment into drone business a good idea, we should probably listen up. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. All the latest tech inventions, such as the Google glass and self-driving cars, seem incredible at first but face multiple problems on the way to become available. Not only do you need a license to operate a drone but unless you are flying your drone in the garden with no humans around, you might get into trouble by accidentally filming someone who doesn’t want to be filmed. Just remember the 2014 issue with a woman who attacked a man flying a drone because she assumed he was shooting people. Turned out the drone was so far from the ground that it was impossible to see any faces and the woman was fined and charged with 3rd degree assault and up to a year of jail time.
However, many businesses see a great potential for drones. But again, don’t look at it though pink glasses. Realistically speaking, Amazon’s Prime Air delivery, as they now called it, can work for lightweight and inexpensive products. Since 84% of all Amazon purchases are less than £5, using drones to deliver them under 30 minutes seems reasonable enough. And considering how many orders Amazon gets on a daily basis, that would be a lot of drones flying around – just imagine looking up to the sky and seeing hundreds of drones coming in from every direction. However, that could potentially reduce the number of trucks on the roads and thus the number of people driving those trucks and delivering the packages will also be smaller. And this leads to another issue – will humans be pushed out of jobs?
There is a lot of potential for drones to be used in all sorts of various industries and for different purposes. But the privacy issues and legislation are definitely going to make it hard for drones to reach their full potential in a short period of time.