Drones, like driverless cars and autonomous subs, have been in action the US, however use has been constrained to research purposes or ‘disaster relief’ assistance. The trickle of mooted local, state and federal law changes, required to legislate the use of new technologies, is becoming a flood. My question is who is driving the changes and how much does it cost to assess the use and ethics of a technology that is potentially capable of so much damage. Does tort law cover it? What will insurance impacts be?
And mostly, who can afford to have new technologies on their side? The drivers for legislative change appear to be agriculture and domestic law enforcement bodies.