Two bills that would restrict the use of drones and government surveillance in Washington state have been passed by the House.
Jeff Bezos’ idea to let self-guided drones deliver packages may be too futuristic for Washington to handle.
Amazon.com is working on a way to get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less — via self-guided drone.
As the dry weather sets in and the wildfire season beckons, Washington state won’t have an aerial drone to help combat the expected blazes.
Officials say North Dakota’s uncongested airspace and unpredictable weather make the state an ideal spot for an unmanned aerial systems test site.
The civilian unmanned aircraft industry worries that it will be grounded before it can really take off because of fear among the public that the technology will be misused. For example, Seattle abandoned its drone program after community protests in February just after the Seattle Police Department had purchased two drones through a federal grant without consulting the city council.
As the nation debates the use of drones to hunt terrorism suspects abroad, Oregon lawmakers are considering legislation that would regulate how drones could be used here.
The state Department of Natural Resources and law enforcement organizations have expressed concerns over a measure that would impose various restrictions on the use and purchase of unmanned aerial vehicles.
Seattle’s mayor on Thursday ordered the police department to abandon its plan to use drones after residents and privacy advocates protested.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is ending the police department’s drone program after local residents protested.