Let’s examine removing the human element from autonomous commercial drones – part 2

Autonomous flight, takeoff and landing

This is the keystone of the drone industry, both commercially and recreationally. It allows the drone to perform predetermined routes (waypoint based), from takeoff to landing, with many on-flight fail-safe protocols.

One might add obstacle avoidance technology, which is relevant for certain applications.  Basically, it replaces traditional navigation provided by a trained human.

Autonomous ongoing operation

Drones also face the limitation of their battery life, requiring human intervention to swap batteries or charge and place them in a container protected from the elements. This is crucial to allow ongoing performance in many applications, without the need for an on-site operator to take care of it.