[Osmf-talk] Notes & Bing Imagery

John Crowley bostoncello at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 4 00:14:27 UTC 2013


Yup, the tech is improving. The systems around it are not. 

This is a systems challenge, not an engineering problem. A perfect drone would still fail when its context is unprepared for handling the mix of manned and unmanned airspace. Remember Douglas Adams: "a common mistake that people make when trying to design something 
completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete 
fools." 

The danger is thinking about it as an engineer. Those who fail to account for context of such a new tool will cause the political system to have an antibody reaction to the technology. 

It's why exposing policy makers, engineers, mappers, and private pilots to UAVs in real-world conditions is a necessary condition for building effective policies. 





On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 3:20 PM, Oleksiy Muzalyev <oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch> wrote:
 
Amazon plans delivery by drones. It is not just a PR, they actually
build technological lines. Here is the video:

Amazon's drone delivery: How would it work? December 2, 2013
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/02/tech/innovation/amazon-drones-questions/index.html?hpt=te_t1

Delivery means thousands of flights per month. For mapping we need just
one flight per year over a suburb.

And the drone will not be heavy, it will not be carrying any load. It
will be just a bit bigger than a duck by size.

Besides, automatic traffic collision avoidance systems, emergency forced
landing systems are developing fast.

brgds
O.M. (Alex-7)


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