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Drones will soar from 2014 college campuses

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Drones were the talk of 2013 but drone action will occur at college campuses in 2014. The FAA Drone Authorization List is top heavy with colleges and universities, more college classrooms are devoted to drone studies and drone use has been proposed to deliver everything from college applications to the college-bound to textbooks to college students.

Colleges are spearheading the future and the unmanned aerial vehicles (UVA) that are radio controlled, known popularly as drones, will be feature prominently in many new capacities besides possible pizza and package deliveries.

FAA Drone Authorization List

The government, some police departments and many higher education institutions have applied for and been granted federal permission to use drones. The federal government has used drones instead of troops in war, police departments want to use them for surveillance and crowd control, and universities are studying new ways to integrate drones into civilian life.

College drone programs

Colleges are busy creating new courses and programs in drone studies. The list includes:

  • Bachelor’s degree in drone piloting
  • Drone clubs
  • Engineering drone programs

College “research is advancing the algorithms and methods that would allow different technologies to work together -- an unmanned helicopter and an unmanned ground vehicle coordinating to assist first responders in a shooting scenario, for instance,” according to Drone U., an article in Inside Higher Ed.

College and commercial use

Although the FAA has not yet authorized commercial use, colleges and college-related businesses are planning ahead. In Australia, companies are awaiting approval from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority for drones ”to deliver textbooks to students utilizing the GPS coordinates of the person that places the order,” reports Digital Trends.

Flirtey develops unmanned drone technology and Zookal rents textbooks to Australian college students. If approved, the two companies plan to launch in March for the Australian public and develop apps. They also hope to expand the program to the U.S. by 2015, with the approval of the FAA.

The College Whisperer, on Dec. 29, proposed delivering college applications and acceptances via drones in the hilarious article College Application Woes? Send In The Drones!

College students and the college-bound can expect increased opportunities for drone studies and use on college campuses in 2014. Perhaps parents of college students can benefit, too. Drones could be used to deliver college care packages and forgotten items left behind after a visit home!

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