MOSCOW, December 25 (Sputnik) — Once known only as huge, multimillion-dollar military weapons, drones have now become 21st-century popular toys, some of which cost as little as $20, reports Washington Times.
The low cost and comparatively easy operation makes drones alluring presents for tech junkies, teenagers and others.
“Over the next five days or so, you’re going to have tens of thousands of 10-year-old to 90-year-old people that are going to have this capability, being exposed to it. And we want to make sure they understand how to use it in a safe and responsible way,” said Michael Toscano, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the drone industry’s largest trade group.
According to FAA guidelines, for example, flying a drone higher than 400 feet or within 5 miles of an airport is prohibited. The campaign wants drone manufacturers to provide safety information and details on FAA regulations along with the products.
“There are rogue actors out there, or there are some not aware of existing laws and rules, so a campaign like this is absolutely crucial,” said Michael Drobac, executive director of the Small UAV Coalition, a drone advocacy group told The Washington Times.
Globally, drone spending is anticipated to double over the next decade from $6.4 billion annually to $11.5 billion each year, according to research firm the Teal Group.