A community-based organization (“CBO”) that represents close to 25,000 drone users, the Drone User Group Network (“DUGN”) proposed changes to both the House and Senate versions of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bills that will help spur innovation, preserve the privacy of the public, preserve the privacy of drone users, and enhance the efficiency of the aviation system.
There has been a rapid increase in the number of news stories reporting drones almost colliding with civilian aircraft, usually due to an operator flying outside of the regulations. But is it really happening? It turns out that “drones” as a term, may be being used too freely when reporting these near misses.
The Trump Administration is requesting that the federal government be given the powers to track, hack, and destroy any type of drone in the country. In a document submitted to Congress, it is framed as an exception to the current laws that govern surveillance, computer privacy, and aircraft protection.
Taking autonomous flight to a new level, DARPA has developed a robotic co-pilot capable of flying and landing a Boeing 737 aircraft. With a vision for increased safety of flights through reducing the workload for the human crew, the ALIAS program showcases how robotics can integrate and assist humans in the workplace.
Uber broke new ground in August 2016 by offering a new form of ride-sharing service in Pittsburgh. Certain users requesting a ride will be randomly selected to receive a free ride in one of the company’s brand new SUVs with no human driver, making Uber the first company to offer self-driving taxi services. However, Bryan Casey, writing in the September 2016 Stanford Law Review, has identified a potential loophole that Uber’s new cars may not be able to negotiate.