New Test Site for Drone Delivery in San Diego May10

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New Test Site for Drone Delivery in San Diego

The US Department of Transportation released the list of sites to test drone delivery and nighttime flight—part of the Trump administration’s express goal of promoting a variety of commercial operations for drones that are currently barred by FAA Rules. San Diego is one of ten sites chosen across the country—the only in California—and will focus its testing on the critical area of improved drone identification and tracking systems. While San Diego plans on testing in the area of border security, developing this technology will be of particular importance to all local government, and operators of critical infrastructure, who are essentially ignored by the present state of drone law and are unable to distinguish between harmless recreational use, and drone use that threatens the safety and security of both people and infrastructure.

While the specifics of the new program are not yet explicit, in my view, the importance of this action by the Trump Administration is that it represents a no-going-back moment in the eventual widespread use of drones for the delivery of goods.