The Policy, Regulation, and Innovation Landscape of Commercial Drones

Will commercial drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), lead the way on technological innovation and bring about new business models and practices on everything from the delivery of goods to security monitoring? Would environmental monitoring, land surveying, and agri-businesses benefit from the use of drones and make it more economically feasible to utilize this new technology? Do drones promote economic well-being and new job creation?

If the prospect of drone technology is so promising for businesses and consumers, why hasn’t the technology been actively promoted? Are there overarching concerns such as violations of property rights protection and privacy that have overshadowed the rapid deployment of this innovative technology? How should policymakers respond to the critics yet promote innovation in drone technology?

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