Google Drone: Google Testing Military Style Surveillance Robot
Google Drone: Google Testing The Microdrones GmbH Surveillance Drone
News that Google is testing a military surveillance drone used in the UK is bound to send privacy watchdogs to Twitter.
Reports say Google is testing one drone provided by the German company Microdrones.
Microdrones chief exec Sven Juerss told German biz mag Wirtschaft Woche at the weekend that his firm has supplied one drone to Google already and that he has hopes of orders for "dozens" more in future.
The UAVs are well suited to provide more timely recording of the map service Google Earth," said Juerss, suggesting that his products would supplement the aerial photography and satellite pics used by Google as a display option in its Maps and Earth apps.
Whatever the legitimate use the Google Drone may it is bound to raise question surrounding privacy.
Google is already being the subject of privacy complaints regarding its almost real time photo-mapping service Street View.
Google has also been hit with complaints about how it uses personal information with its roaming wi fi data collection cars through Street View so...
...given the fact that Google has a history of prompting privacy complaints and that the drone it acquired was designed with a military/surveillance nature, it will be interesting to see what shakes out of this wrinkle in the Google story. UK aircraft regulations have already been amended to reflect the new and growing role of surveillance drones in society and the FAA is currently considering how the U.S. might integrate commercial drones into American skies.