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Recalculating! GPS may lead you astray - NBCNews.com

Recalculating! GPS may lead you astray - NBCNews.com | Space Weather | Scoop.it
Recalculating! GPS may lead you astray
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63% of u.s. drivers say gps has led them down the wrong path in the past. a lot of older folks complain that their kids who have been raised on gps never did learn how to read a map.
Tamitha Skov's insight:

It is clear the public agrees one cannot rely solely on GPS receivers for navigation. There should always be some kind of intelligence that serves to veto GPS commands when directions become innacurate. That much is obvious. Yet, the majority of people welcome pilotless, GPS drones with open arms. In fact, a sub-culture has emerged celebrating drones as ushering in the future. Depictions of drones in art, fashion, and science-fiction have increased exponentially (see article "Drone: Camera, Weapon, Toy" by P. Lichty above). When do we make the connection that the GPS signals, which steer us on to the railroad tracks in front of an oncoming train during inclement Space Weather, are the same GPS signals that drones use as their primary source for navigation? 

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Beer-Delivering Drone Designed For Music Festivals [Video] - PSFK

Beer-Delivering Drone Designed For Music Festivals [Video] - PSFK | Space Weather | Scoop.it

Attendees of the Oppikoppi event in South Africa will be served by aerial robots.

Tamitha Skov's insight:

"The idea in of itself is fantastic. However, commercially available drones use a very simple GPS navigation receiver and we underestimate how often GPS signals are disrupted. We need only to look at precision farming and all the trouble GPS equipped tractors have during inclement Space Weather to see how this very novel idea could lead to a very real tragedy."

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SASFOR's curator insight, June 18, 2013 12:43 AM

Next we hope to see dornes doing even more productive activity for example search and rescue missions or even delivering life saving medication to remote locations- or is that asking for too much ?

Tamitha Skov's comment, June 18, 2013 1:00 PM
I agree: drones can and will be an unstoppable force in the future, used for all sorts of civil and commercial needs. The FCC believes there could be more than 15,000 drones in the skies by 2020. That is why I am trying to raise visibility of the very real Space Weather issues. Somebody should not have to die in a preventable accident before necessary failsafes are implemented.
SASFOR's comment, June 26, 2013 1:39 AM
Do see " Drones in rescue act in Uttarakhand Floods"
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Pizza delivery by drone | T + Biscuits

The DomiCopter is a project we worked on with Domino's Pizza and AeroSight, a UK based drone specialist.

Tamitha Skov's insight:

"Now you know how your future pizza and beer (see adjacent article) will be delivered. That is, as long as the Space Weather is good. Otherwise, your next door neighbor (or perhaps one a few hundred meters away) might be getting a free lunch."

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