From Pizzaman to Pizzadrone
The use of drones has become widespread; they have been benefiting farmers and wine makers with their crops, construction workers with their work, film makers with filming scenes, and even in the health sector by delivering vaccines to hard to reach places. Based on these examples, it is safe to say that drones can offer great benefits to society.
Meanwhile, companies are also looking to get a piece of the action. The number of UK companies with permits to use drones commercially has doubled since 2014.
The only thing standing in their way are laws and regulations. Regulations state that drones may not fly higher than 120 metres, and no father than 500 metres from the drone operator. They have to be 150 metres away from congested areas, unless the device weighs less than 7 kg and cannot be flown within 150 metres of an open-air assembly of 1,000 people or more.
These regulations are in place to protect people’s privacy, who knows what a owner may do with the footage they obtain flying their drones places they do not belong. Or, what major consequences could the influence of drones have if they place part in public demonstrations? In a football match between Albania and Serbia a drone with Albanian symbols was flown onto the field, which caused an on-field fight.
However, the drone lobby is pushing hard for government to amend the laws so that they no longer have to be operated in the line of sight of the pilot, which is an essential regulation change if deliveries were to be delivery by drone.
Pizza drone deliveries aren’t a new topic, but a recent interview with Helen Greiner, the founder of drone maker CyPhy Works revealed that the sky may be filled with drones a lot sooner than we all think.
She said; “From a technical point of view, we can do it, [but] it will take regulatory and cultural changes. The FAA is right to now allow it today, but more experimentation would be great for the community. [The FAA] has signalled they are open to changing the rules if we can prove it is safe.”
I can already picture what pizza nights with the roommates would like…
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