Private drones are coming to your airspace
We are on the verge of a whole new level of overhead mapping, or snooping, if you will. Your space/yard/property, usually defined in 2-dimensions, will morph into a 3-D space extending overhead to 400 feet. Enforceable? A no-fly zone? It will be redefined while at the same time the low-level surveillance technology, evolved from toys and modelers, tries to detour around the traditions and non-existent-to-murky law on aerial privacy. Right now, public dissemination of details from your backyard gathered by present UAV operators like the Border Patrol or Police Departments is still more or less subject to regulation. But being debated as we speak are levels of privacy protection to be expected from the new private operators. Masses of new information will be flowing into the national information space. Who owns it? How will we curate it for relevant information? What IS relevant information? As random and anonymous controllers in the private and business sector gain power and numbers, huge privacy issues are arising that need to be intelligently settled so legitimate privacy concerns of citizens are respected. Or not.
The hardware: here’s what’s ready to lift off now: toy-level machines to sophisticated multi-rotor craft used by realtors in the low-level FAA defined area of 400 feet ceiling or less. Cameras (video, still, and infra-red) are available. This is the tip of the iceberg as an industry is poised to take off with UAVs of every size, complexity, and price.
This first two are fun toys. Fun tip, drives cats nuts.
Female friends call this creepy. And don’t try the face-to-face with the neighbor kid.