Watch Drones Crash Into Dummies, In The Name of Science

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As drones become more commonplace, the risk of physical harm from an unskilled pilot or out-of-control copter increase.

Researchers at Virginia Tech are finding out how to make these machines safer, with help from a bunch of dummies, of course. Video by Brian Schildhorn and Zach Goldstein.

There is little disagreement that the small- and medium-sized drones flooding the U.S. market can seriously injure or even kill someone.

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Understanding and minimizing the risk will be key to convincing regulators to expand their permitted uses.The real drones with the heavy battery will cause more harm in case of a collision then the lightweight toy.

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