To learn more and subscribe, please click here.A team of academics and scientists has issued a report showing that the majority of drone malfunctions and accidents are a result of technological errors rather than human operator errors, according to Mashable.The team, led by Graham Wild, an aviation lecturer at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, examined 152 drone event reports over the past nine years to determine the cause of the accidents.
Wild said that the most common error his team found was the loss of communication or radio signal between the operator and the drone.
He did recognize that drone accidents are still very rare, citing 152 total reported accidents in 10 years of drone activity in Australia.
Nonetheless, Wild and his researchers called for drone accident reporting to be mandatory worldwide, arguing that it will make drone aviation as safe as commercial air transport.The lack of detail in the reports was a major problem for the researchers, according to Wild.The researchers said less than 20% of the reports they examined had sufficient information for the researchers to determine the cause of the crash.
For example, the researchers would have liked to know the type of drone, its weight, and other circumstances surrounding the crash.
This resulted in the researchers calling for more detailed reporting of crashes.Despite the lack of information, the findings show there are still issues to resolve before drones outside of the line of sight become more of a phenomenon used by all industries.While regulatory barriers had been commonly mentioned as the primary barrier to mass drone delivery adoption, this study raises new questions about whether the technology in drones is safe enough to be brought to the mass market.7-11 has already conducted the first commercial drone delivery in the US, and other companies are testing deliveries throughout the world.