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Have you heard about that time when a drone struck a building in downtown St. Louis? Or the one that time a drone hit a building in midtown Manhattan? Or the scores of people flying drones through fireworks shows this Fourth of July? Or the drone that got knocked out of the sky by rioting Los Angeles Kings fans? Or that whole NYPD fiasco a few weeks ago? All these nationally reported and sensationalized cases had one thing in common: The pilot was flying a little white drone you can buy on Amazon for less than $500.It's the DJI Phantom, and it's the drone that's turned its Hong Kong-based manufacturer into the top hobby drone manufacturer. It's also causing headaches for regulators, for DJI, and for old timers in the drone hobby, simply because it's so damn popular. Pardon the bluntness, but the issue at hand is how, exactly, do you get people to not fly these things like a bunch of idiots?
People buy it on Amazon and take it outside without reading the manual
Good article. Got me thinking though. I think there's an easy-ish answer. Dji should keep down this track, but incorporate some of the lessons from computer games. Basically make training mandatory. The drone won't power up out of the box until you've completed the 'trainer test a' which tests you against knowledge in the manual, etc. Then maybe it allows flights only to a height of 2 feet, until you've passed test B, which covers airlaw, advanced control, etc. StuSent from my HTC One using Tapatalk
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