17 Jan '15, 8am

#Drone to Seek and Destroy Other Drones - how could this be legal to use? via @IEEESpectrum

The second question, and perhaps the more relevant one, is this: assuming the Rapere drone works as advertised, is it even legal to use? The company behind Rapere argues that the only time you’d use it is when someone else is doing something illegal or dangerous with a drone to begin with. That’s a reasonable point, but that in of itself doesn’t necessarily make it legal to just up and wreck someone else’s robot. Rapere certainly won’t be cheap; it’s not supposed to be a toy, but a professional tool, and it’s possible that you won’t even be able to buy one without providing “some sort of proof of legitimate use, such as public safety officials, event organizers, private security firms, etc.” Again, though, restricting Rapere’s use doesn’t answer the question of whether it’s legal, since the upshot of using Rapere to destroy a drone is, as far as I can tell, fundamentally t...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/aerial-robots...

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