With drones becoming more and more prominent in everyday life, there may be a new problem arising. Drones can now deliver packages door to door, assist law enforcement, and even track down missing people. For those living in big cities, talks of drone-powered services are in full swing. Many people still have a problem with drones. This is especially the case when it comes to privacy issues. However, a new issue may soon act as an obstacle with drone moving forward.
Noise and Frequency
Noise pollution is a potentially damaging problem that may come with more drone use. The sound of spinning rotors, while tolerable in a single unit, may sound like a swarm of bees with multiple ones flying overhead. Alphabet, Google’s sister company for example, received numerous reports about their delivery drone testing. The drones they use for delivery, to be able to manage carrying heavier load, require specs that are more powerful. These, in turn, generate more noise when active.
Residents of the testing area reported that the noise is comparable to chainsaws operating. Pets, children, and the elderly all had reactions to the noise, ranging from fear to annoyance. The solution Alphabet created was to change both the drone’s physical parts, as well as the route taken. Reports still come in, however the changes made by Alphabet seem to do the trick.
A Larger Scale
That is just for one testing site. Imagine seeing them on a daily basis – in big cities for example. You would have to see tens, if not hundreds of drones buzzing around daily. While traditional methods may take longer, they only follow land routes such as roads, and would not go over your homes. This means that the noise would be targeted to busy highways and intersections, and rarely in residential places.
So what do you think? Will noise pollution, and the corresponding complaints it can generate, stop the drone revolution on its tracks?