29 Mar '13, 8pm

Drone Manufacturers Whine That They Are Misunderstood

Drone Manufacturers Whine That They Are Misunderstood

The AP published a story today about how drone manufacturers are worried about the growing “privacy backlash ” in the United States concerning the prospect of swarms of government and private UAVs taking to the air once the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration works out how to let them fly safely in U.S. airspace. The agency intends to have the rules worked out by 2015. The manufacturers, says the AP, are worried that the FAA will dawdle in its rule making and thus allow politicians , privacy advocates , and others who worry that drones will be abused the time to place what they consider to be unnecessary barriers to their use.They are worried that their $6 billion in expected sales to law enforcement and public safety agencies might be negatively impacted, especially with military contracts shrinking . Apparently, in the manufacturers’ mind, those who “fear … the technolo...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/riskfactor/computing/it/drone-ma...

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