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Senator Blunt Looks Into Drone Regulation as Technology Develops

May 09, 2018 - 9:03 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - As drone technology continues to develop and expand, the effort to regulate the use of drones is advancing as well.

Senator Roy Blunt yesterday oversaw a meeting of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, which he chairs.

One of the witnesses was Earl Lawrence with the FA, who addressed "Remote ID".

“First and foremost it’s to be able to know what’s flying out there and connect them to their operation. The other thing remote ID allows us to do is help advance beyond line of sight operations by enabling other aircraft machine to machine detection,” he says.                    

Senator Blunt said while they want to encourage innovation in the development of drone technology, public safety has to remain top-of-mind. He asked Unmanned Vehicle Systems chief executive Brian Wynne about preparing the public for the idea of millions of drones perhaps someday filling the skies.

“I think education is going to be key…and needless to say, we’re not going to jump from here to millions. We’re going to gradually introduce this technology and I think increasingly, people are beginning to realize this is about public safety, in addition to commerce,” Wynne says.