Drones Could Be Invading a Neighborhood Near You

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV)-- Could a drone be coming to a neighborhood near you? Squadrone Systems has plans to put one in your hands.

"Hey, Kickstarter. Drone technology doesn't need to stay in the hands of only professionals. We want to make aerial filming accessible to everyone," said Xavier De Le Rue, the founder of Squadrone System in a video posted on the campaign's page.

The company markets its drone, the HEXO+, as a way to get good action shots when you're doing things like skateboarding or biking. It has a GoPro camera mounted on it that you can control using an app on your smartphone.

"They think that just because they can, they can. And they don't bother to think about the repercussions," said artist Barbara Buckingham. While she may not be completely for this this type of drone, she said she wouldn't mind having a drone to get some good views of Beverley Street in Staunton.

"It's amazing to me that technology moves so rapidly that we're learning more and more and doing more and more things and have unbelievable, unimaginable possibilities now that years ago we didn't have," said Buckingham; however, she and others also have concerns about the growing use of drones.

Squadrone Systems has already far surpassed its original goal of $50,000. The campaign has raised nearly $600,000 with 26 days left to raise more money.

The company is marketing the drones for action sports, saying you can get a higher perspective for your tricks, but some are concerned about what it could mean for privacy.

"I would be concerned if my neighbor had one and I saw it flying over my property," said neighbor Derick Ellis, 'I'd be afraid of wrecking it and crashing and burning on my investment."

Regardless, prototypes are up and running and the drones will be ready to take flight next spring.

Drone models start at $899, but before you buy, you might want to keep in mind that according to the Federal Aviation Administration,drones are considered aircraft and fall under FAA regulations.

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