A Conversation About Drones: What Are They?

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As we are getting ready to close out 2014, personal drones have become a hot topic all year. From everyday users uploading exciting aerial video, to industries planning on implementing drones in the near future, the way people are viewing these miniature aircraft is rapidly changing.

As the Insurance industry is already planning its own drone strategy, we felt it would be important to read up and find out about drones and how they will impact our future. So for the next few weeks we will be publishing a few short articles about drones.

Drones: What Are They?
For more than half a decade we have been hearing about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones being used by our military in various conflicts overseas. While combat drones are still in use, a market for personal drones has slowly been emerging over the past few years, however, these are not the same massive machines our military uses, but they are smaller, more affordable versions.

It should be said that remote controlled model airplanes have existed for decades, and while modern drones and RC airplanes have obvious similarities, it is typically the configuration of the aircraft that deems it a drone. The most recognized personal drone configuration is the helicopter configuration, as they are able to hover and do vertical take offs and landings. The truth is that they can come in all shapes, sizes, and configurations; they can drive, they can fly, or even be built to do both.