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Drones 2018, 2(3), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/drones2030024

Use of a Value Model to Ethically Govern Various Applications of Small UAS

Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA
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Received: 18 May 2018 / Revised: 19 July 2018 / Accepted: 27 July 2018 / Published: 30 July 2018
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Widespread use of small unmanned aircraft systems is becoming prominent in the US. From structural health monitoring to journalism, small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) are allowing people to gain a view of their surroundings and conduct their jobs in ways like never before. With this come many ethical concerns that must be addressed before the sight of a sUAS flying overhead is a widely acceptable occurrence to a majority of the population. Currently, UAS operations used in civil airspace are governed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 rules, but these regulations do not address certain ethical considerations. This paper will use the concept of a value model to quantify these ethical concerns so that they may be encoded into the design of a UAS and evaluation of missions before the missions are conducted. This could prove valuable in addressing the ethical challenges that are faced when implementing unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations into the airspace, especially when UASs are in airspace in densely populated areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: unmanned aerial systems; ethical governance; machine ethics; value modeling; FAA regulations; privacy by design; value-driven design unmanned aerial systems; ethical governance; machine ethics; value modeling; FAA regulations; privacy by design; value-driven design
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Philpott, R., III; Kwasa, B.; Bloebaum, C. Use of a Value Model to Ethically Govern Various Applications of Small UAS. Drones 2018, 2, 24.

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