Not interested in Amazon air-delivering a package to your neighbor's house via your backyard? Concerned that some amateur drone pilot might accidently crash his quadcopter into your head? A new website called NoFlyZone.org wants to help by giving you the means to (kind of) create a secure airspace above your property.
Backed by a small consortium of drone hardware and software manufacturers, the site allows interested users to enter their home address and have it added to a database of no-fly zones. The site's founder, Ben Marcus, is recommending such a zone extend 500 feet around each property. This information will then be added to recurring drone firmware updates, effectively barring your property from prying eyes.
Well that's the idea at least. While NoFlyZone has some drone manufacturers on board like DroneDeploy, Ehang (maker of the Ghost-Drone), HEXO+ and YUNEEC, it's still missing the participation of the major players like DJI, 3D Robotics or Amazon. Still, as the site explains, with the drone industry soaring ever higher (sales for 2015 are expected to reach $100 million), giving people an opportunity to protect their airspace privacy is just good business.
"Evolving technology is allowing drones to have a positive impact on everyday lives through many applications," the site reads. "However, drones may also affect lives in a negative way. While the FAA and other similar regulatory agencies around the world struggle with implementing rules about drones, drone manufacturers and operators want to take a proactive step to self-regulate and deliver quality products and services while minimizing negative consequences."
While the service is free for now, the site is planning on some premium features for those property owners who want to block the neighbor's drone, but still receive a package from Amazon's. And of course, it's worth noting that while NoFlyZone says its service will substantially reduce the amount of drones flying over your home, it does not guarantee protection from all flying robots.
"Only drones that are made by or operated by one of our participants will be excluded from flying over your property," it states. "While we endeavor to have every drone maker and operator become participants, some may choose not to."
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