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.As you can see from the footage, the study confirms that a drone strike to the head would most likely be painful.
After all, it’s not just the sheer weight of the flying object, but the four propellers that would likely mark up your mug as well. There is little disagreement that the small- and medium-sized drones flooding the U.S. market can seriously injure or even kill someone.
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.