Drone use among professional fields has increased immensely over the past few years. Drones are no longer for mere photo-ops at the parks. No, they now hold responsibilities that can directly affect the lives of people. Countries like Switzerland have utilized drones for a more efficient workload.
These include delivering medical supplies to and from hospitals, searching for missing people, and helping in disaster emergencies.
The increase of drone use shifts the chances of something going wrong – it also increases in frequency. The risk of an error when flying one of these devices can be severe. A crashing drone can have a lot of damage, both on itself and in its surroundings.
Switzerland Medical Drone
A drone project in Switzerland learns this painful lesson the hard way. It had the task of carrying vital medical lab samples between hospitals in Zurich, Bern, and Lugano. It has a record of over 3000 successful trips. Yet an unfortunate crash may stop this particular project entirely. The drone in question crashed within 50 yards of a preschool playground. This has stirred fears within the population of another crash, with the next time being a lot closer to people nearby. While the people behind the drone project reassured the public of the many varied safety procedures their drones undertake, this still leaves a doubt in everyone’s minds.
The Fear of Falling
With more drones flying above people’s heads, the risk of crashing (as well as a drone colliding with something) increases as well. A crashing drone can cause fires, explosions, and damage to its landing site. The fear of drones falling from the sky increases when the lives of children are involved.
So what will happen next to this medical drone project? Several countermeasures have come up to prevent a fatal crash landing. These include sound alarms when a drone is nearby, to improving the drone’s structure, as well as adding a parachute system in case of emergency landings.