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The Military

Submission + - Oops -Hit the Wrong Button, Drone Go Boom (arstechnica.com)

ios and web coder writes: Unmanned aircraft crash. In fact, they crash a lot—though there's no recent specific data, the Congressional Research Service reported last year that despite improvements, "the accident rate for unmanned aircraft is still far above that of manned aircraft." And while many of those accidents can be attributed to being exposed to hostile fire or operating in conditions when aircraft normally wouldn't, a significant percentage of drone crashes is caused by human error. A December 2004 FAA study of Defense Department drone crashes found human factors to be a causal factor in about a third of the cases they examined.

Submitter Notes: Drones are un-cheap. As yesterday's SuperHornet story noted, they are cheaper than manned planes, but not that much cheaper. Expect them to get more expensive.

Also, as they get armed, the price paid for a bad UX decision could become quite tragic.

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Oops -Hit the Wrong Button, Drone Go Boom

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