Do You Think Consumer Drones Are Safe?

According to the Consumer Technology Association, a lobbying group, about 2.8 million drones were sold in the United States last year, with about 1.2 million of them sold over the holidays.

What is your experience with drones? If you don’t have your own drone, would you like one?

Have you seen personal, recreational drones in action, and if so, did they seem like safe toys to you?

In “Santa Delivered the Drone. Not the Safety and Skill to Fly Them,” Carol Pogash writes:

A drone can go “as high as you want,” Dr. Alonso said, the F.A.A. limits their altitude to 400 feet.

” These are very sophisticated machines,” he added. “We want to make sure people use them responsibly.”

 

In an interview, Mr. Stephens said controlling the drone had been harder than he expected. “I should have let her27smarter drone master675 - Do You Think Consumer Drones Are Safe?sudrive it– maybe we ‘d still have it,” he said. His daughter, Iris, is 6.

” Mostly people bought small drones, up to $500 or $600,” he said. “They’re probably novices who soon exceed capability of the drone or their own capability as a pilot. Most people have zero training.”

Juan J. Alonso, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford who serves on the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone advisory board, suspects that many drone buyers were surprised by the power of their machines– which hobbyists typically fly at 15 m.p.h., but knowledgeable users can nudge up to 40 m.p.h.

” My daughter got a drone from Santa, and its first launch took off and never returned,” Jim Stephens of Orinda, Calif., notified his neighbors on Nextdoor. “If you find a white and orange drone in your backyard or trees, please let me know.”

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