AUSTIN, Texas — U.S.PTO will work with the Office of Management and Budget to revise its rules governing the use of drones, according to the agency’s chief.
The move follows the release of a report this week showing that the U.S., with about 4 million unmanned aircraft, is far behind China and other countries in the use and deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles.
“The Office of the UAS Administrator is working with stakeholders to identify potential opportunities for collaboration in developing and adopting policy recommendations for the 2020 unmanned aircraft modernization plan, and to implement these recommendations,” USPTA Director of Commercial Affairs David A. Smith said in a statement.
Smith said the rulemaking would address the issues raised in the Office’s report, including rules for the use, storage, and handling of drones.
Currently, drones can only be used for commercial purposes.
Under the rule, the UAW would like the agency to adopt guidelines for the unmanned aircraft system, known as UAS, which is currently being developed and deployed by the URS Corporation, which owns the UAV manufacturer AeroVironment.
Aerovironment plans to deploy the UAAV system by 2021 and has also secured contracts with the Navy and the Army to help develop the UAMV system.