In this week’s update, Greg discusses the new patent awarded to Amazon for Drone surveillance using their drone delivery program. Greg also covers the new DJI Government edition drones in response to rumors that their drones collect data and send it straight to the Chinese government. Greg gives us an update on the ULC Tort law relating to drone act and more specifically, the response from two groups who are representing landowners. Finally, the biggest news this week is that the FAA will finally roll out LAANC for hobbyists (airspace authorization for hobbyists) on July 23.
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Tort law for drones and the ULC – How can it affect you?: https://youtu.be/Vhs6rcymUiU
UAS News Update #2 – RemoteID Delays, Flight over People, Amazon Delivery: https://youtu.be/FlP1sLNqOCM
UAS News Update #3 – New AC 91.57B, drone webinar series, forest fires, and FAA LEO video: https://youtu.be/sQwEo_qrTUY
Amazon wins patent for drone ‘home surveillance’ technology
Patent was awarded earlier this week to Amazon. The technology is still in its infancy. The idea is to use delivery drones to perform routine checked on participating houses after the delivery has been done. Garage door left open, broken windows, graffiti, or fire. Customers would be alerted by text or phone call. Geofencing will be available to only scan the selected house.
DJI Strikes back at rumors of data collection
DJI wrote an open letter to the Senate Committee on Drone Security discussing drone use and technology. DJI drones do not share flight logs, photos or videos unless the drone pilot deliberately chooses to do so. They do not automatically send flight data to China or anywhere else. They do not automatically transmit photos or videos over the internet. Unlike some technology companies, DJI does not sell or monetize customer data.
In cases when U.S. drone users do choose to share their data, it is only uploaded to U.S. cloud servers. DJI operates a global Bug Bounty Program so the world’s security researchers can identify unforeseen security issues, and we hire independent security experts to test our products. Release of a DJI Government Edition drone system:
cannot access the internet and only stores information on the device.
No DJI Activation
ULC Tort Law Update
Last week, I reported that a group of UAS industry leaders released a letter of support to the latest update. The JEBURPA: Joint editorial board for uniform real property acts and the RPTE: the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association both released letters that oppose the proposed update. The point of contention is to give land owner some ownership of the airspace above their land as well, in order to prevent drone flights. The proposed version of the Act is supposed to be approved later this summer in Anchorage.
LAANC for Hobbyists will be available in late July.
Late May, the FAA required hobbyists to receive authorization prior to flying in controlled airspace. The only way to get approval is either via LAANC or via the FAA DroneZone website. LAANC will be available July 23! Still more information to come but it will require a LAANC provider (UASidekick, Skyward, Kittyhawk, AirMap)
Find if your airport is part of LAANC: https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_partnerships/data_exchange/laanc_facilities/