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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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