The Federal Aviation Administration is evaluating applications from state and local governments that want to be a part of the nationwide Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration Pilot Program.
AirMap now allows third-party applications to tap into the system that automates the Federal Aviation Administration flight approval process ahead of the software's rollout to 500 airports later this year.
The technology can help states improve safety, expand public transportation and give the elderly and disabled more options, experts say.
Flying sensor-laden drones will be a major contributor to a smart city's
network, experts say.
The State Police will begin using drones to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response and traffic safety.
Advances in sensors, mapping system accuracy and data management make unmanned aerial systems a high-value proposition for transportation departments.
As a new report warns small UAS can do far more damage to planes than bird strikes, legislators worry that "idiots who have toy drones" will delay legitimate UAS uses.
A memo from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement's investigative arm claims small DJI drones were most likely downloading sensitive data they gathered in the U.S. to the Chinese government's cloud.
DARPA wants technologies and tactics to manage drone swarms in diverse, evolving urban situations.
The UAS Integration Pilot Program seeks applicants to help it solve the technical, regulatory and policy challenges of integrating drones into the national airspace.
The Trump administration has issued plans for accelerating the integration of unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace.
Teams from the Army, Navy and Air Force are testing software that will eventually enable drones to autonomously coordinate attacks and respond to challenges by opposing swarms of enemy aircraft.
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