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Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology? 88

Hallie Siegel (2973169) writes Camera-equipped follow-me drone technology is hitting the scene in spades, promising extreme sports enthusiasts and others amazing aerial shots. Imagine, your own dynamic tripod that follows you on command. But what about the safety issue of having follow-me drones crowding the ski slopes? The tethered Fotokite addresses these concerns while sidestepping FAA regulations.
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Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

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  • Re:This and more (Score:4, Informative)

    by rHBa (976986) on Sunday July 06, 2014 @06:48AM (#47392203)
    In many Alpine ski resorts there are a lot of paraglider and speedrider pilots (of which I am one, in Chamonix).

    Although we're not allowed to fly directly above pistes I can imagine these drones being very popular off-piste (i.e backcountry) where we often paraglide. A collision with an untethered drone *probably* wouldn't be too dangerous assuming the rotor blades are surrounded with a shroud but if it were tethered to the skier/boarder then the likelihood of it becoming tangled is quite high and could easily cause major problems for the paraglider pilot.

    Luckily Chamonix is a very traditional resort so I'd expect these drones to be banned anywhere near the piste and (hopefully) off-piste as well, however it would be almost impossible to police off-piste!

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