22 Nov Preparing for Take-off: The Rise of Commercial Drone Technology
Imagine opening your front door to see a package containing yesterday’s online purchase sitting on your doorstep, while its bearer – an unmanned aerial vehicle – flies off into the horizon.
With Australia Post recently announcing that by 2016 it will join the ranks of companies such as Amazon trialling drone parcel deliveries, that sight might not be too far off.
Such developments, in combination with Amazon’s proposal earlier this year to create separate “dronespecific” air zones, brings into focus the rapidly increasing use of drones for commercial purposes.
We take a closer look at some of those commercial purposes, the key legal issues in play and the various approaches to regulating drones around the world. We also consider the path that regulators may take as they look to balance the inevitable rise of the drone.