If the emergence of drones into our normal day lives up to all the hype, it may soon be hard to go anywhere without seeing one. Real estate, law enforcement, news reporting, package delivery, and even pizza delivery—as drones keep getting smaller, cheaper, and more capable, their possible applications could be endless.
But for now, a formal federal framework for regulating drones—the remotely controlled aircraft formally known as unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aerial systems (UASs)—remains up in the air. That means the legal and regulatory challenges for businesses that want to utilize drones will likely be endless as well. In the meantime, companies will have to navigate a nebulous array of proposed federal rules and local or state guidance.