There are a number of promising solutions that everyone could agree to. Geofencing software, which keeps drones out of restricted air space, and sense-and-avoid systems, which prevent collisions between aircraft, could go a long way in blocking rogue drones. But industry holds the key to the development and implementation of these technologies, so it needs to be a partner, not an adversary.

Those who use drones, meanwhile, need to acknowledge that the rules we already have exist for a good reason. Virtually all the incidents we analyzed involve a drone being used in violation of FAA guidelines; simple compliance might have been enough to prevent untold numbers of incidents.

A thoughtful piece from Arthur Holland Michel and Dan Gettinger who are co-directors of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.


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