THE LINUX FOUNDATION has announced Dronecode, a new initiative to encourage cooperation on the peaceful use of drones.
Dronecode brings together existing open source code for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles under the auspices of a non-profit governance system.
There are already 1,200 developers working on the newly aligned projects, with over 150 code commits per day being added.
Among the drone designers already using the Dronecode standard are Skycatch, DroneDeploy, HobbyKing, Horizon Ag, PrecisionHawk, Agribotics and Walkera.
The INQUIRER spoke to Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, about the project.
"Unfortunately when most people think of drones they think of military use, but drones are being used in a variety of cool, exciting ways - agriculture, search and rescue, realtime mapping, construction," he said.
"Folks who design the software that powers these drones have the same problems as the people who create cloud computing servers. There's a lot of software inside a drone.
"Creating the software stack by yourself seems a little bit crazy! The Linux Foundation is a place where we can grow these type of software communities."
Drones are now so popular that they have their own storefront on Amazon.
Earlier this year we reported on the possibility of flyby hack attacks on internet-connected TVs using drones.
But contrary to what we learned from the recent series of Keifer Sutherland asthma-fest 24, the open source aspect won't make drones more hackable.
"It actually makes it harder for them to be hacked, because if you have visibility to the source code itself you can audit it for security vulnerabilities, have peer reviews ... and yes, you've been watching too much 24." µ
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