Posted By Simon Montford on Feb 10, 2015
A US-based startup called NoFlyZone wants to control the airspace above your home in order to prevent drones from flying over peoples' private property. They coordinate with drone OEMs to automatically prevent them from flying where they're not wanted. The company enables anyone to register (US only) via their website, but there is no guarantee that OEMs will honor their requests. Although a few companies have agreed to comply it's early days, so it will probably take time before major players such as DJI will jump on board.
Last year a drone produced by the Chinese manufacturer crashed on the White House lawn. DJI took quick action to prevent repeat incidents by pushing a firmware update that prevents most, but not all, models of DJI drones from flying inside Washington DC's restricted airspace.
In my view this is the shape of things to come. In future, drones will become the de facto way cargo and people will be transported around the country. Dedicates drone highways will be established via geo-fencing that will criss-cross the landscape like giant ant trails in the sky. Driverless trucks will patrol beneath the drone corridors to offer assistance to stranded passengers, as well as offer repair and recovery services to broken down cargo drones.
This is just the beginning, of our drone future...
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