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What Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation means for drone industry

What Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation means for drone industry

Romeo Durscher explains what Pete Buttigieg’s confirmation as Secretary of Transportation means for the drone industry in an interview with ZDNet.

What Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation means for the drone industry

This week Pete Bittugieg was confirmed as the new Secretary of Transportation. Many folks in the drone industry are now wondering what the 39-year-old may bring in terms of new drone regulation.

ZDNet interviewed Romeo Durscher, former Senior Director of Public Safety Integration at DJI and now Vice President at Auterion. Here are some of Romeo’s highlights and important take-aways:

Pete Buttigieg has a proven track record of embracing autonomous vehicle technology and understanding the benefits that it can offer.

Pete Buttigieg brings a very fresh perspective. As a former intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve and former mayor, he brings a very broad understanding to the table, from understanding the needs of new technologies in both defense but also emergency services, to the challenges of regulatory complexities. His desire to enforce safety standards will also help the entire UAV industry.

The Remote ID broadcasting ruling allows for future regulatory adjustments, like properly opening up the sky for not only Tactical Beyond Visual Line of Sight (TBVLOS for First Responders) but true Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations (BVLOS)  for the entire commercial market.

The Department of Transportation needs to continue working with all the various stakeholders and include them in the discussions, test phases and policy questions.

Drones will continue to save lives, mitigate risks to many workers, including emergency response personnel, infrastructure inspectors, and construction workers, these aerial vehicles will help farmers with increased crop yields, smarter farm management, provide researchers and scientists with simpler methods to gather research data and provide students and educators with tools to inspire and build the next needed generation of drone operators, drone engineers and data analysts.

You can read the entire interview with Romeo Durscher on what Pete Buttigieg’s confirmation as Secretary of Transportation means for the drone industry here.

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