WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US should set operating guidelines for commercial unmanned drones and integrate technology to keep up with the pace of other countries, US Senators Cory Booker and John Hoeven said in a new legislation they introduced.
Hoeven noted the new legislation, the Commercial UAS Modernization Act, will play a major role in the US economy.
“We’re on the frontier of a whole new era of aviation, when remotely piloted aircraft will improve crop production, provide valuable aid for first responders and even deliver packages to our doorstep,” Hoeven said.
The Senator further stated that the United States needs to design “safe pathways for the UAS industry to deliver these benefits to consumers,” and added “our bill, through the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] test sites, does just that.”
In ten years, the UAS industry expects to produce more than 100,000 jobs and impact the economy with $82 billion.
“We cannot allow other countries to outpace us at what we do best. This legislation is essential to ensuring our legacy as a country that leads the globe in technological innovation,” Booker said.
The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the National Association of Broadcasters and Information Technology and Innovation support the Act, according to the release.