Head of the Consumer Electronics Association: Free the drones now!

From an op-ed in the Washington Post by Gary Shapiro, the head of the Consumer Electronics Association. Good to see leaders in the overall technology industry recognizing the commercial potential of civilian drones.

With its history of aggressive innovation, the United States should be a leader, not a laggard, in adopting new technology. This should be especially true with drones, which have so much potential in such diverse fields as moviemaking, newsgathering, agriculture, defense and public safety. Just consider how great U.S. companies such as FedEx, UPS, Dominos andAmazon have changed how we get products. If drones are to be a part of breakthroughs in distribution, shouldn’t we want that innovation to occur here? We need the spin-off jobs, industries and benefits that drones will provide.

We cannot wait years for Congress and the FAA to approve regulations governing drones in our airspace. If we do, other nations will leapfrog us as innovators. Prolonged delay in the face of rapid technological change also means that rules risk being outmoded the day they’re issued. What is needed as soon as possible is a clear and straightforward policy framework that fosters innovation in this emerging industry.

In November, the FAA issued a road map laying the groundwork for integrating drones into commercial aviation. This is an encouraging sign, but it is not enough. Drones will transform the way we live. They can boost the economy and create thousands of jobs. All it will take is for the government to get out of the way and allow innovators to do what they do best.

Read the rest here

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Comment by Jethro Hazelhurst on July 6, 2014 at 5:06am

Now that is talking sense! Great article.

Comment by Daniel Lukonis on July 6, 2014 at 9:49am

If my drone had thumbs, it would have all 4 up!

Comment by Demetrice on July 7, 2014 at 12:51pm
I live in the Bay Area 21miles from S.F it can take an hour or more 1 way not including in town travel time, To Spend 5 minutes in a shop, Drones in personal and commercial use would dramatically reduce the risk of vehicular injuries I'm not a mind reader but I do believe everyone has something better to do with the time in our lives than sit in Traffic like play with my grandchildren time for life not hang up's We need this in our world.


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