New federal commercial UAV law took effect in the United States, Monday, August 29. The new regulations are designed to minimize risk to aircraft, people and property on the ground, and will not affect recreation usage. Here are some of the changes:
There has been a lot of hype the last few years about how unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone technology will shape the mapping industry. But as with any newer technology, it takes a convergence of technology, regulatory, social and other ideas to make a technology viable in the marketplace. Currently, UAVs fill a small niche in the mapping industry by leveraging photogrammetry, but with the right technology and regulatory advances, it can play a much bigger role in the future. Here is my wish list of regulatory and technology changes we need to see in order to make UAVs more than just a small niche technology but rather a defining force that will change mapping paradigms as we know them.