Fly­ing Ro­bots

HWM (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

Most of the civil­ian ap­pli­ca­tions for drones to­day stems from its mil­i­tary ap­pli­ca­tions, namely as a pay­load car­rier or as a re­mote cam­era. How­ever, it is noth­ing short of amaz­ing.

In the prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tion, drones can be used to sur­vey an area for map­ping, for search and res­cue work, or even to en­sure that a place or build­ing is safe for en­try. In other words, UAVs can be used to save lives.

For the ad­ven­tur­ous few, drones can be used to take pho­tos and videos of ex­treme sports from an­gles peo­ple could have only dreamt of, as well as catch­ing mo­ments that would have only be privy to birds and winged in­sects.

The cre­ative at heart would find no short­age of ideas of uti­liz­ing the drone. They could be used to shoot va­ca­tion self­ies, wed­ding videos, and more.

Com­pa­nies like Ama­zon are even tak­ing it a step fur­ther by propos­ing to use drones to send parcels to their cus­tomers, but this has raised some per­ti­nent is­sues. With adop­tions come is­sues. As more and more peo­ple use drones, con­cerns arise mainly in terms of pri­vacy and safety. With in­creased in­ter­est by or­ga­ni­za­tions to use drones for com­mer­cial use, gov­ern­ments have be­gun to take steps to put things un­der con­trol.

The Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion in the U.S. con­sid­ered re­quir­ing drone users to get a li­cense, to only fly drones dur­ing the day and only as far as the op­er­a­tor could see them. Com­mer­cial groups ar­gue those rules are way too re­stric­tive. Ama­zon, for in­stance, would likely not be able to use drones to de­liver packages if they could only be flown as far as the op­er­a­tor could see them.

Canada has had reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing the use of un­manned air­craft since 1996 and, as of Septem­ber 2014, had is­sued over 1,000 per­mits from that year alone.

Australia has is­sued over 180 per­mits to busi­nesses en­gaged in aerial sur­vey­ing, photography and other work, but lim­its the per­mits to drones weigh­ing less than five pounds. And small, un­manned he­li­copters have been used to mon­i­tor and spray crops in Ja­pan for more than a decade.

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