RMIT University’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Research Team, in partnership with Thales Australia’s Centre for Advanced Studies and Air Traffic Management and UFA Inc, have developed drones capable of talking to air traffic controllers, much like the average pilot might.
The technology is a key step towards the integration of autonomous, unmanned and interactive drones into civil aviation control practices.
The new development allows air traffic controllers to issue commands to and receive information from drones simply by talking to them as they would any other aircraft.
The key benefit of such technology is increased safety, but the RMIT research team continues their research into a number of regulatory, social and technical challenges posed by the emergence of drone technology, including, of course, the impact that its popularity growth has on humans generally.
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