You might remember when someone decided to fly a drone full of radioactive sand over the Japanese prime minister’s house on April 25th 2015. Not surprisingly the Japanese government reacted by creating strict drone laws that limit drone flight only in certain safe areas and nowhere near people or cities. Since then organizations like JUIDA (Japanese drone operators associations) are trying to negotiate a better, more efficient, rule system that will enable drone use everywhere. Then A drone crashed into World Heritage-listed Himeji Castle on November 17th, 2016 making Japanese authorities crackdown on drone users even further.
And just this month, November 6th,a drone hovering over a park during an event in Gifu Prefecture on Saturday suddenly crashed into the crowd, injuring six people including children. The victims, aged between 5 and 48, sustained injuries and cuts by the drone’s spinning propellers and it descended in to the crowd. About 600 people, including some 100 children and their families, were gathered at the event site at the time of the incident. See video here:
The drone, only 4kg weight, and just 85 centimeters in diameter, flew at an altitude of only a few meters and was piloted by a 37 year old licensed and trained pilot who was authorized to fly it as part of a production of a robotics event, and he acquired the transport ministry’s permit to operate a drone at the event.
This kind of incident, will probably lead regulation in Japan to become even stricter, dramatically lowering the chance for receiving approval for flight over people, this kind of decision will slow down progress in the entire commercial drone industry in Japan, causing delivery, inspection, police and medical drones to be grounded.
ParaZero drone safety solutions offers SafeAir, a pyrotechnic parachute that deploys in milliseconds, autonomously, during emergencies. The SafeAir technology was designed specifically for incident such as this, and is able to protect the people underneath at very low altitude. The system even includes a loud siren and flashing light to warn bystanders.
Once Japanese regulation demands drone parachute once operating above population, it will enable commercial drones reach their full potential and operate within cities safely. It is all about the government taking the right steps to ensure the public safety while giving drone manufacturers and operators a way to take advantage of this new revolutionary technology. The Japanese drone industry is just beginning and it is important to let it flourish, while maintaining safety.