Gofor Envisions Drone On-Demand Service – Cool or Scary?

April 10th, 2014

GoforFirst of all, this is just and idea at this point. It’s not yet as real as the Gofor website and video make it sound. The concept is basically a smartphone App that would allow you to schedule a RCMA video or still shot.

However, if state and federal laws permitted it I could see this being a high demand service! A real estate photographer could request  a front shot(s) to augment the work they were doing on the ground without even needing to own the RCMA equipment. Very compelling concept, particularly if a lengthy or involved certification and testing process is introduced by future FAA regulations.

Yeah, you could easily make the case that for shooting custom video you’d want to have complete control of the quality of video and the angles and heights of the shots so it fits into your production.

The public argument against this, which is significant, is that it allows undesirable surveillance. Many states are probably going to have laws that will get in the way of, or stop a service like this. For example, Both the House and Senate of the Washington state legislature recently passed HB 2789 by a large margin but the bill was vetoed by the Governor. HB 2789 would have required permission from property owners if you fly over their private property with any sensing device (like a camera). In Wisconsin, a similar bill passed by the state Senate would make it a crime to “deploy an unmanned drone capable of video or audio recording in areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy.” Oh well, it’s an interesting concept.

Thanks to readers Jim and Jerry for sending me links for this subject!

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4 Responses to “Gofor Envisions Drone On-Demand Service – Cool or Scary?”

  • Cool !

  • Cool or scary? Yes.

  • This is so far from reality its sad. The problem with this propaganda is that its total BS and and political community groups concerned about safety and privacy will use this BS to pressure local and federal politicians, who are clueless about this sort of thing, to create policy banning it when its not remotely possible in the first place. This will result in regulations that prevent people who are trying to develop realistic solutions from being able to do so.

    People need to start calling crap like this out. I don’t have a problem with people dreaming about the future but someone is probably trying to take advantage of all the hype and hysteria about drones to raise money.

    Even if you remove the drone from this idea, the majority of what their claiming isn’t possible anyway. I’m sure there’s a switch on the app that will turn on the “whisper mode” so you can use the super secrete shotgun mic and FLIR photography to get the combination to the safe with the diamonds in it on the 15th floor. I can do all of that, please visit my Kicktarter page – http://www.kickstarter.howstupidarepeople.com.

  • hmmm. sounds totally bogus to me. but if possible, it is super cool and ever more scary.

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