Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao delivered remarks to the viewers at CES 2018 yesterday. During her remarks, she commented that the FAA has registered extra than 1,000,000 drones – a determine that the DOT press workplace says contains “878,000 hobbyists, who receive one identification number for all the drones they own, and 122,000 commercial, public and other drones, which are individually registered.”
Chao’s speech targeted on the DOT’s efforts to combine autonomous autos, together with drones, into the prevailing U.S. transportation system. Chao acknowledged that integration would require huge modifications.
It could be arduous to stroll away from CES 2018 — the “Global Stage for Innovation” — with out optimism and pleasure for the longer term! And a variety of admiration for the human ingenuity that’s bringing so many unbelievable merchandise to market at present.
Transformative applied sciences are poised to revolutionize transportation. Mass integration of self-driving automobiles, vans and drones could be an exponential leap in the best way we journey and the best way we transport items. But to make that state of affairs our actuality, we can even have to revolutionize transportation coverage.
Chao talked about drones for example of the success of a brand new trade – and new rules. Saying that when growing new insurance policies to accommodate automated autos, the company would undertake a “tech neutral and flexible — not top-down, command and control” method, she referenced drone registrations and the brand new UAS Integration Pilot Program as “…a few specific things the Department is doing to encourage innovation.”
“The tremendous growth in drone registration reflects the fact that they are more than tools for commerce and trade, but can save lives, detect hazardous situations and assist with disaster recovery,” stated Chao. “The challenge is to remove unnecessary hurdles to enable the safe testing and integration of this technology into our country’s airspace.”
Chao stated that curiosity within the UAS Integration Pilot program has been “outstanding”: “More than 150 completed applications have been received and they involve over 40 states, 75 local government entities, several tribal entities, more than 15 colleges and universities and 6 airport authorities,” stated Chao. “That’s why, today, I am announcing that in the first round we will have at least ten lead participants. It’s so important to keep drone innovation in the U.S., so our country remains a leader in this transformative technology.”
Chao ended her remarks with encouragement that the U.S. would work to stay a world chief:
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