Drones Will Change The World

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Flying drones could be the future. They have endless possibilities with applicable uses in nearly every industry. As Drones have developed into their own industry, many rules and regulations have been put in place due to safety concerns. But once rules and regulations are removed or at least reduced, drones will be widely adapted to every industry. Although the agriculture, law enforcement, and shipping industries are leading the charge almost every industry has reasons to support a drone revolution.

Industry Applications

Agriculture

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This Picture shows a man controlling a drone to spray pesticides on a farm in Bozhou, Central China’s Anhui Province. Image by: STR / AFP

Drones could be key to the agriculture industry. Many farm workers spend a great deal of time spraying pesticides, fertilizers and nutrients on crops either by hand or by plane. In either case, the result isn’t pretty, working the fields by hand wastes a great deal of time and it is very expensive to use planes due to fuel cost. Now imagine if the United States used drones to spray crops or maybe even water them. So much time and effort could be saved and better utilized. Essentially saving time would be the biggest thing drones could offer for the agricultural industry. Apart from being able to spray crops as show above, Drones could be used to scout and monitor crops, which consumes a great amount of time. It is easy to see why farmers are so keen to use drones as farming tools. Not only will drones save time and manpower, but also will save significant amounts of money.

Law Enforcement

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Flying drones first appeared to the public as a militarized invention used for spying and warfare. It makes sense that law enforcement agencies would want to use demilitarized versions of drones within the United States since they were so successfully used overseas. Drones would give law enforcement the means to safely monitor public and national threats. They could be used in high-speed chases, gun standoffs, investigations, and even for security surveillance. Now that everyone can buy drones, law enforcement will need to find ways to pursue drone owners who violate the law, such as filming people in their own homes. Japanese law enforcement has already started to use drones to hunt illegal drone users by using drones with nets to capture the other drones. Although it is easy to see how law enforcement could use drones, many people are skeptical of the ways police could abuse them.

Shipping

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Amazon has already started the race to see which shipping industries can adapt to a drone future. For two years now, Amazon has been working on the Amazon Prime Air delivery drone, which potentially threatens the shipping industry, as we know it. Amazon has claimed that it will offer free air delivery to prime members once the FAA approves the service. Imagine ordering something online and it gets delivered to you within 30 minutes. Although this will be an absolutely amazing feature by amazon, it will make Standard delivery services like UPS, FedEx and the USPS less necessary since amazon won’t require an outside delivery company to deliver packages weighing less than five pounds.

What is preventing a drone revolution?

To see commercialized drones in the future, the most significant thing for supporters and lobbyists to overcome is a PR battle.  Due to the military origin of drones, a lot of bad press portrays drones as first and foremost, a weapon.  This innately creates fear in the public and government agencies due to the possible military applications and threat to national security. The FAA has established rules and regulations for drones that greatly restrict companies from fully utilizing them. Before any companies can use drones for commercial purposes, the public stigma attached to drones will have to be changed. Public relations will be the key to starting this drone revolution.

– Nathan

 

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