Drone rules a modest step, but lack enforcement

Sarah Kreps, government professor at Cornell University and an expert on drones, says the regulations presented by the White House today take some modest steps to address routine commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft but fail to clarify enforcement.

Bio: http://government.arts.cornell.edu/faculty/kreps/

Kreps says:

“As drones have become cheaper, more accessible, and more sophisticated, the government has struggled to get a handle on how to regulate their use. In many ways, that’s a losing battle because of the sheer speed with which the technology — as well as how people use it — is changing.

“The new regulations include some modest steps to address routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft, as well as measures to ensure safety and protect privacy.

“What seems to be missing from the regulations is the issue of enforcement. Given the growing prevalence of drones, it is hard to see how the Federal Aviation Administration actually can ensure that these rules are followed.

“The new regulations also sidestep the more revolutionary commercial technology that is over-the-horizon of the type that Amazon would need to deliver packages. The FAA acknowledges that it punted on these issues for now, leaving it to industry to innovate anti-collision mechanisms. At which time the FAA will likely step in again with a new set of regulations.”

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