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Consumer Drone Crashes on White House Lawn

One of the most consistent reminders that we’re living in the future is the onslaught of stories involving consumer-driven drones being flown somewhere they shouldn’t be, causing a ruckus, and then furthering the dialogue on the legality ofdrone use. In July of last year, two New York men were charged with felonies after flying a drone too close to a police helicopter. Less than a week ago a drug-smuggling drone crashed south of the U.S. border. And now someone has breached White House security and crasheda drone on the property.

While this latest incident was in all likelihood completely harmless, with a man coming forward and saying it was an accident, it will no doubt intensify the FAA’s ongoing discussion of drone regulation, probably more so than anything that has happened yet. I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but the American government takes security pretty, pretty seriously. It was a two-foot quadcopter, one of the most common types of drones available to consumers. It’s worth nothing that a lot of Amazon reviews complain about the drone losing connectivity with the operator’s phone and flying off on its own, which lends credibility to the pilot’s story that his crash landing on the White House lawn was an accident.

Part of me wants to dismiss drone concerns with a wave of my hand, saying that they’re just the harmless evolution of the loud, brightly-colored RC cars that I played with as a kid, but I know that’s not entirely true. I’ve never been a paranoid individual, at least not when it comes to safety matters, but when you hear about drones flying drugs over the board and causing trouble with other aircraft, it’s easy to recognize how insidious of a threat theycould be in the wrong hands.


via Slash Gear

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