Imagine a world where drones, or unmanned flying vehicles (UFVs), deliver personal packages at your doorstep in as little as an hour. This world is not as far away as you may think. Companies like Amazon, Google and UPS are currently investigating technology and performing controlled flight tests with UVFs. In fact, Google's head of "Project Wing" told CNN that drone delivery is possible in the next one to three years.
The legalities of delivery drones
While maneuvering around stationary objects, such as buildings and trees does pose challenges, avoiding moving objects is of much greater concern. Drones would need to be able to alter their course to avoid collisions with humans and animals. According to Science Daily, researchers are currently developing a centimeter-accurate navigation system which utilizes both GPS and smartphone cameras to generate a map of the drone’s immediate surroundings. Currently, UVA technology is not legal in the United States due to safety and navigation concerns; however the FAA, which regulates U.S. airspace including drones, is expected to finalize rules for commercial drones in 2016.