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.
Lawmakers in nine states are looking at plans to restrict the use of drones over their skies amid concerns the unmanned aerial vehicles could be exploited to spy on Americans.
The Seattle Police Department is one of the first in the nation to receive permission from the federal government to start using drones.
Citing national security risks, President Barack Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese company from owning four wind farm projects in northern Oregon near a Navy base where the U.S. military flies unmanned drones and electronic-warfare planes on training missions.
A swarm of drones lit up the night sky in Linz, Austria last week.
Boeing engineers and researchers from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory successfully demonstrated a “swarm” of drones to be used in battle.