The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed new regulations the day after Christmas to implement remote identification of drones across the consumer and professional industries. The FAA has requested comments and suggestions on the proposed regulations and the drone community has not disappointed; many responses have been made from carrying points of view. One point of view, is that of CNBC, who is looking how this regulation can continue to drive the drone industry forward.
“The approval is a milestone in commercial drone delivery, as companies including Amazon, Uber, and Google’s parent, Alphabet are racing to add unmanned aircraft to their fleets to save costs and deliver goods faster,” said CNBC.
The proposal would allow the FAA, law enforcement agencies, and federal security agencies—as well as third parties—the ability to track them, according to CNBC. Currently, there are a large number of drone detection systems, but nothing is available on a mass scale for federal agencies.
A spokesperson for DJI said the proposal makes sense from a high-level. On the flip side, and from a commercial-use standpoint, the proposal would infringe on safety for several industries which are currently strongly benefiting from using drones and sUAS aircraft for a variety of work projects.
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NB: This is a proposal, not a law. Plans for tracking drones has been on the industry’s and regulatory body’s radar for several years.