a.k.a. unmanned aerial vehicle, UAV, flybot, delivery drone, unmanned flying device

A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle, also known as a UAV. It is an aircraft with no human pilot on board, instead its flight is controlled by computers in the vehicle or a remote control by a pilot on the ground.

Originally they were deployed for military and special operation units, and then also used in a number of civil applications, such as policing and firefighting, and nonmilitary security work, such as surveillance of pipelines.

Drones are a wide variety of shapes and sizes and characteristics. Historically, UAVs were simple remotely piloted aircraft, but autonomous control is increasingly being employed. 

Historical perspective: March 2014, was the first time a federal judge ruled that the FAA did not have the authority to stop a Detroit florist from delivering flowers by drone. By April 2017, drone purchases were booming with more than 770,000 drone registrations in 15 months. The number of small hobbyist drones in the U.S. is expected to triple to about 3.55 million by 2021.

NetLingo Classification: Net Hardware