FAA ‘overly conservative’ in approach to drones, report says
The agency is saying no to drones more than it says yes, the report suggests, which is risky because of all the promise the technology holds — for public safety, product delivery, inspection of remote assets and more.
Nods to IT infrastructure, innovative transportation are on GOP senator’s tech agenda
The chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force laid out an agenda that included commitments to ensuring the federal IT infrastructure is secure against cyber attacks, support innovative transportation technologies and plans to work on issues ranging from copyright modernization and patent reform, to encryption. In his speech on Capitol Hill Thursday, Hatch also urged the tech community to let him serve as their contact to President Donald Trump.
Commercial drone use expected to take flight under new regulations
The Federal Aviation Administration's rules on small commercial drones went into effect Monday, enabling drone use in the commercial space without the onerous policy of the past that required obtaining a special waiver for any commercial use. [Read more: FAA finalizes first-time rules on small commercial drones] “What we’ve been waiting for is just this regulatory clarity and lowered barrier to entry,” Chris Anderson, CEO of 3DR Robotics, told FedScoop.