The drone industry is flourishing, and the market is good. We are seeing a growing number of YouTube videos that are shot using a UAV. However, what is the amount of drone technology? While yes, it has improved save lives; we cannot overlook the fact that drones need to be regulated by the govt. Here are 7 ways drones are being misused these days.
A number of United Kingdom airports had to deal with drones on the Christmas. What sounds like a small problem caused a delay in air travel of thousands of people. This problem is becoming bigger by the day, and some airports face 19-21 interruptions a month thanks to the drones. This usually needs a response by the local security forces.
The problem is the risk of an accident. A drone making contact with the commercial plane or flying into the engine of the dual plane can wreak havoc. A study was newly led by the University of Dayton where the team used a 2.1-pound DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter. The said drone was operated into the wing of a Mooney M20 aircraft. The test concluded that such a scenario is very destructive and must be avoided.
Another misuse of the drone is using the drones for spying purposes. We all know that many drones in the market can be equipped with an HD camera. While that is amazing when it comes to making movies and taking pictures of you and your friends; it also has the potential of spying on people. Paparazzi agencies also make use of drones for spying on famous and rich people. Luckily new tech is already out that can help you identify if a drone is spying on you and even catch it!
Another misuse of the drone is defacing property. It is becoming a growing and popular trend and will end up causing a lot of trouble once the drone technology improves. American street artist KATSU used a DJI Phantom drone to spray-paint over a Calvin Klein ad a few years ago.
This has happened a number of times. Most times it is an accident, but you can very well do it intentionally and then claim losing control of your drone. Some drones are capable of traveling at 100kph and do some serious damage if they collide with a human being. What adds to this equation is the fact that controlling a drone is actually quite tricky. Some regulators insist that all drone users must attend classes on a drone flying as a compulsion to avoid losing control of their drone.
One more misuse of the drone is to introduce them to weapons. This is a real threat to cities all over the world. Although there are no documented cases of people using drones with explosives, there are many cases where drones have carried weapons or radioactive materials intended for malicious practices.
Drug lords are also incorporating technology into their means of making a living. There are cases where dealers have made use of drones for smuggling drugs across borders. A dealer in the US tried transporting about 2.5 kg of crystal meth.
Drones are also being misused for making the smuggling of contraband possible into prisons. There have been different cases involving the use of drones for smuggling drugs, cell phones, weapons, and even food into prisons.
The new drone legislation is just around the corner, and we hope that it will help put the misuse of the drone to an end!