Drones, The Eye above the Highway
Drone technology is changing the world as we know it. Robotics has been at the forefront of technology for decades, and now drones are coming into play in a big way in our regular lives.
In 2016, the U.S. government made a landmark decision that will allow drones to be flown commercially. The ruling states commercial drones weighing no more than 55 pounds are legally allowed to fly during the day at an altitude of less than 400 feet. The operator must keep the UAV in line of sight or in sight of an observer. The rules also state citizens who pass a background check and pass an aeronautics test can be certified as pilots.
That’s why you see so many drone operators now. Drones are fun to fly, create business opportunities, and provide solutions for business. Drones are increasingly used by the construction, agriculture, utility industries, and law enforcement. Do you ever feel like you are being watched?
The Role of Drones in Law Enforcement
It is a well-known fact law enforcement agencies use drones for manhunts. One of the first-ever drone manhunts on U.S. soil was in Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside Counties in 2013 when national security officials searched the U.S. Mexican border for Christopher Dorner. Dorner was found in a burnt down cabin in San Bernardino County, but not before he killed four people.
Drones can be seen flying above roads and highways, using cameras to collect detailed footage of accident scenes. In multi-car pile ups or chemical spills, drones venture into areas that are too dangerous for human involvement. This may seem too Big Brother for some folks, but the technology can play to your advantage when you consider a Milwaukee car accident lawyer could use drone footage to prove your innocence if you’re being sued by another driver in a car crash lawsuit.
The Applications of Drone Technology
Emergency and surveillance situations aside, UAVs are emerging as an ideal tool for any kind of mapping, surveying or inspection. Fast, affordable, and comprehensive roof inspections, building and surveys are their forte. Unobtrusive drones are also ideal for wildlife surveys.
But this technology is not at all boring! Party animals can hire aerial photographers to videotape events. Drones take superior footage of any gathering and photograph the crowd from the air so every aspect of the event can be covered. You won’t miss things when you use drone technology, including the antics of your party guests.
Commercial uses for drones are expanding. Medical drones are being used to deliver medicine and vaccines in hard-to reach areas. Other uses include:
• Aerial photography
• Agriculture management
• Construction and surveying
• Utilities management
• Relief operations
Drones are agile and can travel to places road vehicles cannot. Drones equipped with thermography have x-ray vision that can find structural weaknesses. In Hollywood, drones with cameras capture video for the big screen.
Cool UAV Technology Coming Soon to a Location near You
Consider this your backstage pass to the world of unmanned aerial vehicles. Ideas for their use include real estate.
Are you a real estate agent? Gone are the days when you have to pay premium prices for aerial photos of property. Aerial photography is affordable with drones.
Construction professionals use drones for their amazing capacity to inspect for weaknesses in structures and survey land. Thermal imaging drones inspect roofs more economically and accurately than ever before. Their uses seem endless, even if their presence can be a bit intimidating. What is that in the sky? Is that drone watching you?