If your drone relies on you to navigate social norms, then it’s already obsolete. Creating drones that learn from their environment will be the key to unlocking their true potential. Researchers are already hard at work to create the algorithms and platforms needed to help drones identify objects and change their course autonomously. The team over at the University of Sheffield in the UK have make impressive progress by utilizing multiple sensors in addition to the camera, including sensors for barometric and ultrasonic data.
Drone manufacturers like DJI are already building in intelligence into their drones. As an example, DJI added airports and no fly zones into their fleet through a simple firmware update.
Drones are getting smarter every day, and the scenario where they will recognize people and places and alter their course autonomously is already a reality.