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Yesterday, DJI, announced that they would equip all drones with AirSense ADS-B receivers as of 2020. (You can read about that here). The announcement is just part of DJI’s plan to equip hardware with technology-based safety features in order to address the needs of regulators – and minimize the need for new and more stringent regulations.
As the world’s largest drone manufacturer, providing by even the most conservative estimate more than 60% of the drones currently in the air, it’s a meaningful plan for DJI to announce. The details are laid out in their whitepaper, Elevating Safety: with the tag line, “DJI’s plan for data-based, real-world solutions to maximize safety,encourage innovation, minimize conflicts and help society.” But there’s the problem: no engineer, scientist, business or regulator will admit to making decisions without data. When it comes to drone conflict data, however – those incidents when the pilot of a manned aircraft or a member of the public reports interference or accident from a drone – the data, it seems, is problematic. In one section of the whitepaper devoted to the question of reliable data, DJI says that the currently available information vastly overstates actual safety problems, sometimes including what are merely unverified “drone sightings.” “We sought to analyze actual data about unsafe drone use. Unfortunately, almost all of the data available turned out to be unreliable,” says the whitepaper. “Unreliable” is an understatement: the deep dive into the data of reported drone incidents shows massive overreporting, guesswork, and a lack of investigative process. “The FAA began systematically tabulating reports of drone incidents in 2014, and made those reports public the following year with a press release that re-ferred to them as ‘close calls,'” says the whitepaper.
Source : dronelife
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