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DRONES, ARE WE READY? THE PROS AND CONS

Pros and conns of Drone Tech

As stated by The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), it is said that within the next ten years the drone industry will have close to $100 billion economic impact. Whether we are ready for them or not, drones will start to be integrated into numerous industries and will serve many uses in the public and private sectors. How quickly we start to reap the benefits of drone use will depend on the resisting attitudes of drone doubters and the regulations set to monitor this new technology. There are some skeptics out there with concerns about privacy, safety, and loss of jobs. And rightfully so. These are all issues that top the list and could hinder the success of the drone industry.

IMPACT ON JOBS

Americans are definitely sensitive when they think their jobs are being taken away, especially by robots. But according to the same AUVSI report, the drone industry would create about 100,000 jobs between 2015-2025. The drone industry will require manufacturers, monitors, maintenance, and controllers in order take off. So instead of taking away jobs, the drones will actually require new positions.

SAFETY AND PRIVACY CONCERNS

The thought of drones buzzing by to deliver packages to houses and apartments or flying overhead at a street festival is very frightening to some people. It’s the first thing you will hear someone say that is skeptical of drone technology. It is a concern for the Federal Aviation Administration also. The proposed FAA guidelines have currently been set to ease the safety concerns in regards to commercial drones. Commercial drones must stay below 500 feet and cannot travel above 100mph. They also, for the time being, cannot fly above pedestrians and must remain in sight of the operator. These guidelines have been put in place until logistical programs can catch up to issues of privacy and until the technology becomes less vulnerable.

OTHER REASONS DRONES ARE WINNING

  • Drones have the potential to transform multiple industries including telecommunications, weather forecast, maritime monitoring, transportation, search and rescue, and oil and gas exploration. Agriculture could see 80 percent industry growth from use of drones.
  • Drones will save money and are more energy efficient. Drones cost $1000 as compared to $1,000 per-hour-manned aerial vehicles preforming the same tasks. Also, the more drones that are delivering your Amazon packages and spraying your crops the less semi-trucks and planes burning up fossil fuel.
  • Drone use is already happening and successful in other countries. Australia, France, Canada, and Germany all permit the use of commercial drones. The time is near for the United States!

RESOURCES

http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/amazon-drones.html

http://qz.com/61727/the-us-drone-economy-will-create-100000-jobs-say-companies-who-make-drones/

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