Drones can be complex and they are not just a controllable, flying camera. You should be aware of various features when buying a drone. As an example, navigation is an important factor to ensure that the operation can proceed smoothly. For an accurate navigation, you will need integrated GPS capability. However, GPS doesn’t work well everywhere, especially in cities with big buildings and forest with large trees. GPS signals can be weakened in areas where there are obstructions. When the GPS signals are lost, the flight pattern can be affected adversely. In this case, you may need to have a drone with backup navigation system. It means that you should be able to take over the drone when the GPS signal has stopped for specific reasons. You should make sure that the drone is able to complete its objective when something is going wrong. A successful drone operation depends on a good control system. With this system, you should be able to control different aspects of the drone.
You may need to consider various factors, such as temperature ranges, moisture, acceleration, power conditions and interference. These factors could affect the control capability of the drone. When some factors are excessive enough, the drone could go rogue and refuse to accept fine-tuned changes. Then, it will be impossible to perform specific movements. The control system should also have robust security mechanism. For low-cost drones, there is possibility that they will be hijacked by other users. The control system should be able to resist malware and hacking attempts. You should look for drones with improved control systems that are not only provide greater degree of control and resistance to hijacking attempt. A good control system also depends on a great communication system. The operator should have constant and good connection with the drone. It means that the communication system should be resistant to errors and fault free. For high-end drones, there could be embedded firewall software that strongly resist any foreign signal that’s not part of the system.
There must be a strong data processing capability because drones are essentially smart, flying devices. Drones can be designed to gather data, in terms of pictures and videos. This requires high rate of data stream, especially if you need high resolution video streaming. The drone will need to do this on the real time basis. The data processing system should be robust enough and you need to be able to do things in a much quicker manner. As we can see, there are many improvements that are involved to the drone technology. Engineers, scientists, tech experts and consumers are joining forces to implement various improvements to new drones. In this case, consumer feedback will be included in the research and development process. Experts will determine whether such improvement is feasible to be implemented. Within a few years time, consumer level drones will become much more mature. At that time, we will see more drones flying around providing a lot of benefits to users.