Over the last few years, the new technology industry has introduced us with an innovative aircraft known as Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). They are contributing to vast industrial sectors including telecommunications, weather forecast, maritime monitoring, transportation, search and rescue, and oil and gas exploration. It’s one of the most hyped industries on the rise making billions of dollars every year. Let’s take a look at some of the potential pros and cons.
- Environment – Drones are operated on a single battery, it’s cheaper and low cost to maintain and thus its energy efficient. It helps in protecting the wildlife especially the endangered species through timely monitoring with an accuracy to pinpoint their locations and providing sustainable solutions in the agricultural sector. http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/amazon-drones.html
- Accuracy and Precision – Drones are integrated with advanced GPS technology. This particular feature has helped the agricultural sector. A new type of farming has been introduced known as ‘precision farming’ that makes use of drones to spray infested crops with pesticides. Click on the link for more information – https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601935/six-ways-drones-are-revolutionizing-agriculture/
- Economy Growth & Success– Drones have played a key role in the commercial market especially the aerial transportation sector. Companies like Amazon, have started using Amazon prime air for delivering packages, serving as a low-cost delivery method. It will also soon be used to beat traffic and gaming sector. Click on the link for more information – http://www.edie.net/news/8/Drone-technology-environmental-sustainability-impact-for-the-UK/t
- Privacy – The accuracy to find locations and capture images of its surrounding areas for safe landing acts as a looming threat to privacy. There are cases where the information violates reasonable expectations of privacy thus a requirement for privacy protection may need to be implemented.
- Safety – The growing number of unregulated drones has caused a threat to the aviation industry. The collision of the drone could lead to problems causing aircraft engine failure to cyber crime activities by the terrorist.
- Legal Issues – The FAA has yet to authorize the commercial use of drones. It has been adamant about keeping non-military drones out of the sky.