Updated European drone regulations to combat unlawful usage

The European Commission has updated drone regulations and is planning steps to combat unlawful usage.

On Tuesday, the commission amended drone regulations to support a rapidly developing commercial industry, and steps to combat the malicious use of drones will be implemented soon.

Drones are susceptible to hacking and abuse, according to the Commission; hence, efforts to combat their nefarious use are required.

Drones are increasingly utilized in agriculture, the environment, surveillance, urban planning, security, and warfare.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has provided plenty of evidence of how off-the-shelf civilian drones can be weaponized and used as very effective military tools.

“We believe that if our strategy is implemented properly, the drone market could be worth 14.5 billion euros ($15 billion) by 2030. It could also create 145,000 new jobs in the European Union,” Transport Commissioner Adina Valean told a news conference.

Apart from weaponizing unmanned aircraft, the concerns about drones center around noise, safety, and privacy.

The revised guidelines also identify opportunities for collaboration between civil and defense drones, Reuters reports.

According to analysts, the top four drone makers in the world are the , , , and .

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Haye Kesteloo
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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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