The federal government and the private sector are fervently trying to come to some agreement on how to regulate drone usage, both among consumers and private companies.
Many thought that drones wouldn’t be widely used for at least another three years, but it seems like that timeline has shrunk by a considerable margin, FAA administrator Michael Huerta said recently.
The Unmanned Aircraft System registration system saw the number of registrants climb from 180,000 in January to well over 400,000 in mid-March, showing that exponential growth in drones will need to lead to an increased effort to conclude on legislation.
To make the situation even more startling, there are only 320,000 aircraft registered in the FAA’s manned registry, which is over a decade old.
Using Your Smartphone is Now a Remote Control
The FAA released an Android and iOS version of its B4UFLY app, which is used to determine whether or not flyspace in your area is safe for drone use.
This was done out of a necessity for safety, not for profit. Since some drones are capable of exceeding minimum altitudes of manned aircrafts, it poses a threat to low-flying planes and helicopters.
While no major serious accidents have occurred to date, the FAA is taking no chances since this is a growing trend.
Where Will Drone Technology Go?
While consumers will use drones to gather media, including photos and videos via reconnaissance, private companies may use drones to deliver packages, among other things.
We know Amazon has had a drone delivery program in the works for well over a year now, and with the current advancements in drone legislation, Amazon may be well ahead of the game here.
Before long, we could see drones flying around your neighborhood delivering packages, mail, and other parcels that can be delivered the same day that they’re ordered or sent out.
This is one claim that Amazon has made: that it claims that new drone technology will make it possible to cut down delivery times to 1-3 hours when you order same-day delivery.
Safety Uses for Drones
While consumers love playing with drones and private companies see ways to save money and enhance protocol, there are also other practical uses for drones, such as search-and-rescue missions, finding missing children, or canvassing large areas of land that are no traversable by humans in conventional vehicles.
If technology keeps progressing, we may see drones hit the airspace in regulated fashion by the end of 2016 or earlier.