NoFlyZone: a solution to a non-existent problem

12 Feb , 2015  

Presenting the NoFlyzone, a community driven database of properties that will prevent “drones” from flying over your house. Actually, its just a site where you can submit your property without residence verification and somehow in the future, UAV manufacturers will use this data to prevent their craft from flying over your property. Just like DJI is doing for the White House. Oh, nevermind.

Now, a bit more detail, per Ars Technica. So far, 7 “Drone makers” has commited to using this database:

Although it’s completely voluntary for drone companies to agree to honor the no-fly zone requests, at least seven drone hardware, operating system, and component makers have agreed to incorporate the NoFlyZone data into their product in some way. These include EHANG, Horizon Hobby, DroneDeploy, YUNEEC, HEXO+, PixiePath, and RCFlyMaps.

Where’s 3D Robotics and DJI? Well, as far as 3D Robotics, their software is open source, so if they include a database of places where your craft if prohibited from flying, I’m pretty sure savvy users will just strip that from the code. DJI on the other hand had to retract the firmware they rushed that included an expanded “no fly zone”, including the White House.

Also, imagine how big this database of coordinate will be if manufacturers actually implement it. And what if I do want my “drones” flying over my house but the last person that live on my property signed up? Creating a database of prohibited places is not the solution. Education is key here. We can’t prevent knuckleheads from acting dumb on purpose, but we can try minimizing the chances of a Phantom landing on the White House lawn by creating educational campaigns that show the risks of flying a “drone”, how to safely fly and what NOT to do.

Why don’t they come up with a “Don’t shoot me list” instead? The premise here: if you don’t want to be shot, add your name to the list and future face-tracking guns won’t allow bullets to be shot at you. Seems just as effective as the NoFlyZone.

NoFlyZone database will tell drones not to fly over your house