Lyons: Problems with drones to all be solved in three years

Sarah Homewood
By Sarah Homewood | 29 July 2014

When it comes to drone technology, Ian Lyons founder of Maker Drone has never seen technology move this fast and that's saying something coming from the person who created “The Worlds First Crowd Sourced 3D-Printed QR Code Live Streamed via Go Pro to a Smart Phone or Tablet Device Drone Delivery Ticket System.”

Speaking at Creative Fuel yesterday, Lyons said that when the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) changes regulations to allow drones over the 2kg weight limit, innovation will flood into the drone market making their use much more common practice.

“Safety, insurance, privacy and civil aviation issues will all be solved in the next three years,” he said.

“When CASA changes the rules making anything over 2kg's usable, all of the vendors will race to get the technology here and the innovation will really happen then.”

Lyons said after such changes drones would be able to be used for just about anything from deliveries to shooting camera shots that could never have been achieved before without astronomical budgets.

However while the question of privacy comes part in parcel with a conservation about drones, Lyons said that he was more concerned about the information the NSA was able to capture on everyone without their knowledge than about drones.

“I understand they are scary things but they are not good for spying. They’re loud and very visible," he said.

“If I wanted to spy on my neighbour, I'd use this technology called a broomstick, it's where you tape a GoPro to a broomstick,” he said.

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