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Drones getting smarter, and must be able to fly over cities safely

As interest in consumer drones continues to increase, flight safety must be increased

Michael Hatamoto | Jan 11, 2015 at 11:51 pm CST (0 mins, 45 secs reading time)

Drones invaded the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), with attendees able to see the latest and greatest consumer drone products. As more first-time pilots and hobbyists take to the skies in 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is scrambling to help find methods to teach proper flight safety.

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Meanwhile, drone makers are increasing technology - and while it's recommended to fly in areas less populated - that simply won't be possible as more first-time pilots begin to fly drones. Designers are working on drones that could be able to utilize built-in autonomous technology so they can avoid other drones, trees, buildings, streetlights and other obstacles - but that isn't currently possible.

Universities and private companies are working on new algorithms to make drones smarter, along with new emergency landing features. One solution being developed is image recognition software paired with tracking software so drones can identify helicopter landing pads for opportunities to land.

Last updated: Aug 21, 2015 at 02:59 am CDT

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An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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