Advances in commercial uses of drones, in film-making and merchandise delivery, for example, as well an increase in amateur interest, has led to a surge in drone related accidents causing damage to property as well as harm to humans. Previous research suggests that approximately one third of drone accidents are caused by user error, a number that the authors of this latest study believe can be significantly reduced by improving the control software.
Remote control of drones is prevalent particularly in low-cost devices currently on the market for novice pilots, and creates a misalignment of perspectives between the user and the drone. For example, when the drone is flying away from its remote controller, the left-right control directions are aligned with those of the device enabling the user to steer with ease: they steer to the right and the drone moves to the right. However, when the drone turns around and flies towards its remote controller, the left-right direction of the drone must be controlled from the opposite direction of its remote controller interface: the user must steer right to move the drone left. The need for the pilot to mentally rotate negatively impacts their performance, slowing down their response time, impeding hazard perception, and limiting spatial awareness.
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