Technical Report

Modeling Drone Crossing Movement with FittsLaw


Drones have begun to find extensive use in commercial, scientific, recreational, agricultural, and military applications in recent times. Drone maneuvers involve several pointing and crossing operations.In this regard, previous studies have shown that drone pointing operations can be modeled by the two-part model.In this study, we conduct a crossing operation experiment to control a drone to fly through a frame with a target width.Subsequently, we verify the applicability of Fitts' law and the two-part model to drone crossing operations.Fitts' law and the two-part model are both found to be suitably valid for crossing operations (R^2 >0.940).Upon comparing the AIC values of the two models, we find that Fitts' law, which has fewer parameters, is a better model for the crossing operation.Our results indicate that the drone operation time in crossing operations can be suitably predicted.In addition, based on models, we can compare drones and evaluate interfaces in drone crossing operations.


Book title

International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction



Date of issue



Drone / Crossing / User performance model / Fitts' Law / Human-Drone Interaction


Kaito Yamada, Hiroki Usuba, Homei Miyashita. Modeling Drone Crossing Movement with Fitts’ Law, International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, pp.422-432, 2019.