Accidental deaths of this sort are a certainty as UAVs become more popular. Previous accidents such as the German drone near-collision with an passenger liner in Afghanistan are avoidable with improved integration and air traffic control methods – unfortunate accidents of this sort are far less avoidable.
As the article says, “Some of the most advanced work in autonomous aerial robotics is not done by DARPA, or by massive corporations.” The growing collection of intercollegiate competitions produce ideas, future unmanned systems engineers, and good publicity for the industry.
A review for the upcoming third generation of the Lego Mindstorms product line. Unmanned and immensely flexible, these systems have been used in educational programs and competitions for years.