How increasing regulation will unleash drone-based potential

Guy Cherni, Opinion Contributor for The Hill:  Drones are changing the world as we know it. And like any great innovation, they have the capacity to do tremendous good, but also cause unmitigated harm. Whether drones ultimately become a force for good or bad will depend on how governments and organizations mobilize to address both the benefits and challenges posed by this new technology.

Surprising though it may seem, the key for increasing drone-based value can only come through increased restriction and regulation of the industry.

Drone technology is already impacting the workforce for the better. Commercial drones, operated by certified pilots and under strict regulation, optimize time and money while saving lives. Precision agriculture, pipeline inspections and border security are several examples where unmanned systems reduce labor costs and limit risks. 

During Hurricane Harvey, commercial drones were utilized to conduct aerial surveys of disaster areas, perform infrastructure and damage assessments, and carry out search and rescue missions.

The problems arise as consumer-focused drones have become mainstream. Available for as little as $100, almost anyone can get their hands on these potentially life-impacting tools.  Full Article:

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