By Doug Chartier, LAW WEEK COLORADO
We spent the 20th century getting mankind up in the air. Now we’re trying to get the pilots out of the planes.
It’s difficult to overstate the impact that drones will have on the ways businesses, government agencies and private citizens use the public airspace.
Some drones — or unmanned aerial vehicles, as they are also commonly called — can assist with local police search-and-rescue missions, and others can carry out airstrikes in Yemen. Some can shoot breathtaking aerial videos, and others might crash-land on the White House lawn.
Because they have so many potential uses, drones pose myriad questions on how they should be properly employed in society. And the drones themselves are rapidly evolving. When a new technology is advancing more quickly than we can regulate it, how do we regulate it?