A Drone Nearly Hit Me! A Reflection on the Human Factors of Drone Collisions

A Drone Nearly Hit Me! A Reflection on the Human Factors of Drone Collisions

A Drone Nearly Hit Me! A Reflection on the Human Factors of Drone Collisions
Howe Yuan Zhu, Eirene Margaret Magsino, Sanjid Mahmood Hamim, Chin-Teng Lin, Hsiang-Ting Chen

CHI ’21: The 2021 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Session: Late-Breaking Work Day 1 – E

Abstract
The use of multi-rotor drones has grown exponentially as a consumer product and in the commercial sector. The inescapable reality is that drones will become a ubiquitous part of society. One major obstacle to the mainstream acceptance of drones is the public perception of drones being dangerous or a safety hazard. This paper presents an investigation into the human factors toward potential drone collisions. The study included twenty participants who underwent a controlled drone collision exposure and a post-exposure interview. We propose a novel drone collision exposure involving a novel experimental setup simulating drone to human collisions safely. We found that all participants identified the drone’s propellers as their primary concern, with the propeller’s sound being the most threatening. Based on the participant feedback, we identified some concerns on a drone’s unregulated aspects and outline common participant recommendations on drone regulations.

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Pre-recorded Presentations for the ACM CHI Virtual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 8-13, 2021

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