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The future of drone technology

The future of drone technology

Dirk Specht | 10/30/2020

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For the different development steps of fully autonomous driving Europe and US created a 5-step classification. According to “airdronecraze“, a website of a partner advertising program of Amazon Services LLC, drone technology instead has seven potential generations – most of the current technology is in the fifth and sixth generation.

  • Generation 1:
    Basically remote-controlled aircraft of all kinds.
  • Generation 2:
    Static design, fixed camera mount, video recording and fixed-images, manual pilot control.
  • Generation 3:
    Static design, two-axis gimbals, HD video, basic safety models, assisted piloting.
  • Generation 4:
    Transformative designs, three-axis gimbals, 1080P HD video or higher, improved safety modes, autopilot modes.
  • Generation 5:
    Transformative designs, 360° gimbals, 4K video or higher quality instruments, intelligent pilot modes.
  • Generation 6:
    Commercial suitability, design based on safety and regulatory standards, platform and payload adaptability, automated safety modes, intelligent pilot models and full autonomy, airspace awareness.
  • Generation 7:
    Full commercial suitability, fully compliant design based on safety and regulatory standards, platform and payload interchangeability, automated safety modes, enhanced intelligent pilot models and full autonomy, full airspace awareness, automatic action (take-off, landing and mission execution).

Divya Joshi summarizes the commercial and industrial application of drones in 2020 and beyond in the Business Insider: Read article (12/18/2019)

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