Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or drones as it is commonly referred to, is a highly advanced piece of technology that is coming to have more even more useful modern day applications than it might have intended. Although its use does have its fair share of controversy mainly along the lines of personal privacy, it’s still looking to become an integral part of our future society. Here’s a look into
What the future society looks like with drones
- 1 What the future society looks like with drones
1. Exploration and surveillance of extreme environments
With the advancement of material processing technology, UAVs will likely be reinforced with protective casings enabling it to be brought and operated in extreme environments such as the insides of a volcano, the deep ocean trenches, or the farthest recesses of a pyramid. It may even be used by journalists to safely gather audiovisual data from hostile conflict zones.
2. Delivery of Emergency Aid
The online shopping website Amazon has been experimenting with using drones to make doorstep deliveries. In special instances, these have also been used to deliver aid supplies to combat or disaster zones. It is likely to be utilized as a basic component for such emergency services. It may even be used to help in locating survivors in a disaster zone with the simple inclusion of thermal cameras.
3. Cinema Arts and Entertainment
If you’ve seen Lady Gaga’s last Super Bowl halftime performance then you already know what we mean (look it up on Youtube if not). Cinematographers could also use drones as a more practical way to move a camera around in more creative ways over using specialized camera rigs.
Who would have imagined back then that videogames will become the proper e-sport industry that it is now. Something similar could happen with Drone racing. What is now a recreational activity is gradually gaining attention into becoming a legitimate competition.
5. Monitoring and policing
Given its capabilities for documentation and exploration, future drones could also be used to do urban monitoring and policing. Instead of static CCTV cameras, these highly maneuverable drones could be used in place or in aid for monitoring vehicular traffic and violations and other such urban city policies.
6. UAV piloting as an essential life skill and potential career
With the large potential of using drones for commercial applications, careers relating to drone development, maintenance, and piloting could emerge. The general public may even do well to learn drone piloting as a primary life skill much like car driving.
7. Urban infrastructure for drones
Homes and buildings will need to have infrastructural provisions for accommodating drones. Among these include landing pads and charging stations, guiding lights, trapdoors, and maybe even air traffic control stations on tall buildings. The urban airspace will also need to be de-cluttered of potential hazards such as electric or communication wires, billboards, antennae, and satellite dishes.