I’m hoping that as drones become more commonplace that societal norms will become more established on what is acceptable and what isn’t, along with the users becoming more aware of the danger of ignoring safety warnings.
The good news is that the communities at the heart of the Dronecode projects have already started to self regulate, with good behavior, respect for privacy and safety well established within the user community. As drones become more common, I hope and expect that will spread to the wider community.
What needs to happen in the industry to really allow drone development to reach its full potential?
It is hard to even know what the full potential is as the field is expanding so rapidly. My own focus is on helping the Dronecode projects to reach their full potential, and for that we need better developer documentation, better communication between projects and the user community (including both commercial and non-commercial users), and an environment that welcomes innovative ideas. That is what we are trying to establish with Dronecode.
What does the future of drones look like beyond 2015?
The further I look into the future, the fuzzier my crystal ball gets.
What I hope the future looks like is that Dronecode gets established as the clear platform of choice for everything from hobbyists to high-end professional systems and top research groups. I want to see the development and community methodologies, which have worked so well across so many other technology areas, flourish for drones. I also want it to be a fun area to be in.
We’re building flying robots that anyone from a home tinkerer to a multi-national corporation can use. That is a recipe for a lot of fun.