What will tomorrows drone filled world look like? How long will it take to morph from where we are today to that world of tomorrow? This is the subject matter discussed in DroneBlog’s recent article “How soon will it be a drone world?”
If the FAA reverses itself, and allows commercial drone aircraft to fly over populated areas, what will that look like? Will there be pilot-less planes whizzing through the air, landing in parking lots and back yards to drop off packages? Ella Atkins, associate professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan, said probably not at first. It’s not possible right now because of range.
“If you have a warehouse that’s several miles from where you need to deliver the package, can it actually get there?” she asked.
Most big warehouses are in rural areas and drones today can fly only about 10 miles. But, technology aside, regulation will also limit them.
Obviously predicting when is impossible, but if you ask Logan Yliniemi, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, we may be seeing this new drone future in a little as five years.