Unmanned aerial vehicles formally known as drones or flying robots have become popular among several classes, among these are the hobbyists that could just be using them to capture Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) deliveries made in their neighborhood. Regardless of its benefits, National Transportation Safety Board has to pass a judgment on whether the drones that fly unregulated pose a threat or not and set rulings accordingly.
One of such cases that come to mind is that of Raphael Piker, who flew a drone over his campus at the University of Virginia, back in 2011. According to a statement released by NTSB officials, a lot of emphasis was placed on the need for FAA to step in and set rulings against irresponsible operation of the aircraft by civilians.
Irresponsible actions, such as these can be interpreted in many ways but regardless of that The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has taken the required measures to stop usage of drones for commercial purposes. And NTSB further supported the decision to bring a halt to its non-military usage.
But just like in any scenario, people who thought of using this demand to their advantage have gone ahead and started the drone businesses, making them available commercially for all sort of purposes. These devices are not only cheap but user friendly too and are available at $1000. And buying them has no restriction on the reason of the purchase. It’s up to the customers what use they want to put these robots to.
It’s not just individuals who are placed under restriction, but companies too, for example Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). In 2013, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced that in the near future, it plans to use drones for delivery purposes. The service will be known as Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Prime Air. The service is expected to make delivery within the 10 mile radius in just under 30 minutes time limit.
Also in late 2012, the Editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, Chris Anderson left his company and shifted his focus towards personal drones and started a firm with 3D robotics. At this stage, people want to get their hands on it for aerial photography but the potential market is expected to grow and expand.
Companies are aiming at changing the image of drones from being used by aircraft only to a device that could be used by hobbyists as well as agriculture construction and mining. It won’t be long now the 3D Robotics run by John Cherbini will launch a drone names Iris. It’s a ready to fly autonomous multicopter. With a camera embedded that provides a video link along with built in data radio for real time monitoring and data logging.
But at this stage, it looks like many businesses are awaiting guidelines as to what’s next for the unmanned aircraft. However the regulations seem to be in a limbo at this point. The NTSB and FAA need to come to a conclusion soon as this could prove to be a big thing not only for businesses but also for consumers.