Pilotless aircraft: the horseless carriage of the twenty-first century?

Clothier, Reece A., Fulton, Neale L., & Walker, Rodney A. (2008) Pilotless aircraft: the horseless carriage of the twenty-first century? Journal of Risk Research, 11(8), pp. 999-1023.

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This paper identifies recurring issues in the regulation of new technologies through an historical review of the risk management of automobiles in the 1800s. Parallels are drawn between the regulation of early automobiles and that of the regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) today. It is found that many of the regulatory challenges facing UASs are analogous to those which faced the automobile industry more than a century and half ago and that the need for informed and objective decision making in policy development is reinforced. A systems engineering approach, based on general systems theory and decision-based design principles, is then proposed as a means for improving the objectivity, transparency and rationality in the risk management decision making process. An example risk management decision making scenario is given within the context of a small UAS operating over a populated area. The results obtained from this case study illustrate how even simple analysis can support the decision making process and highlights some of the potential challenges in the regulatory approach currently applied to UASs.

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ID Code: 15434
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The author-version of this article will be available 12 months after publication.
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Keywords: Unmanned Aircraft Systems, UAS, UAV, risk management, regulation, decision, based design, systems engineering
DOI: 10.1080/13669870802323353
ISSN: 1466-4461
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Theory (080611)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > APPLIED MATHEMATICS (010200) > Financial Mathematics (010205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology (160808)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Research Science and Technology Policy (160511)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100) > Aerospace Engineering not elsewhere classified (090199)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [Journal of Risk Research 11(8):pp. 999-1023]. [Journal of Risk Research] is available online at informaworldTM with http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13669870802323353.
Deposited On: 04 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:42

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