Throwing this out hoping to stir a lively discussion.
Is it reasonable to expect drone manufacturers to add more technology to reduce the number of dangerous drone flights? Specifically, should manufacturers make it much more difficult to fly their drones outside of the rules (above 400 feet, beyond line of sight, in restricted airspace, etc)?
With hundreds of thousands of drones being sold each year, it seems unreasonable to expect safe flying behavior from all of those new drone pilots. Yes, education is helpful but it's undeniable that the air safety threats are growing. Unfortunately, education is proving to be insufficient.
If air safety is seen as an essential part of a drone manufacturer's responsibility (it is, right?), then shouldn't manufacturers move quickly and proactively to further enhance air safety? It seems the alternative is to wait for the government to create new laws that restrict drone capabilities in the interest of air safety. The Consumer Drone Safety Act is one such proposal.
Respected experts, including Captain Sully, are calling for new consumer drone regulations and warning of an inevitable future air disaster. It's hard to ignore or dismiss such warnings.
So here are a few questions to get the discussion going.
- Should consumer drones include more robust and secure technology to restrict flight capabilities?
- What technical ideas do people have to make it more difficult to fly drones outside of the current rules?
- Is 3DR (or others) planning to sell drones with more secure flying restrictions? When?
- What initiatives along these lines are ongoing between governments and manufacturers right now?