The use of technology will always depend on the user. Just as GPS can be used to bombard countries or populations endlessly, the same system can be used to send medical supplies to remote and inaccessible places. For this reason, technology can be seen as a enabler of intentions. Same goes for drones.
Initially, these were developed by the military industry to allow soldiers to do more damage without putting them at risk. However, these aerial vehicles that are not operated by humans have gained momentum in various industries from cinema (professional and amateur), monitoring protected natural areas to transporting medical supplies to hard-to-reach places. The latter has been one reason the UK will seek to establish the world’s first ‘drone superhighway’, in a globally unique experiment.
According to the BBC, the British government has authorized Skyams to implement a project that will allow autonomous drones to operate between the airspace between Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Coventry and Rugby (164 miles in total) by the middle of 2024. allows broadcasting. It is one of several projects that have been approved under the Strategy Related to ‘Integration of New Technology Aviation Systems and Vehicles’. These include the use of drones to transport general mail and medicines, allowing cancer patients to be treated in their local community on the island of Sringen and in Scotland.
Additionally, according to a BBC report and another from the World Economic Forum, uses of this type of drone superhighway include police use, inspection of industrial infrastructure, transport of vaccines, etc. The latter has already been tested in parts of Africa, where the road infrastructure was not suitable for vehicles, and autonomous drones were used.
Such strategies, developed by the British government, are part of a plan to seek aerospace innovations and will be financed with £273 million sterling. The idea is that these types of vehicles fly at a lower altitude than the aisles of planes, and any drone operator who wants to roam this highway would have to register with the British government and the country’s air authority.
The government estimates that such aeronautical innovation projects could create 8,800 jobs within the country in the short term. Similarly, a research report commissioned by Downing Street states that drones, by 2030, could contribute more than £50 billion to the economy and create more than 650,000 jobs, if these devices are economically viable. Capacity can be developed.
It is clear that these types of strategies and innovations come with risks. These include smuggling of illegal substances, increased noise pollution, air crashes between drones or against humans (when distributing mail or medical supplies). For this reason, authorities and private companies are creating technology that allows real-time tracking of drones and reducing accidents.
Now, if the experiment works, it could revolutionize various economic sectors and significantly reduce domestic transportation costs. However, it is always important to note that the technology depends on the user.