In this week’s San Diego Explained, Lisa Halverstadt and NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia break down the buzz around San Diego’s drone industry, and explain why we may soon see more traffic in our skies.
San Diego companies are at the forefront of drone-related innovations and the industry expects to skyrocket once the FAA releases commercial flight rules. But a bad reputation and big ethical concerns could hold it back.
California drone advocates gathered Tuesday to rally behind the state’s drone industry and learn about potential roadblocks.
It’s not as easy as it looks, for one. And there’s lots of potential to endanger the people around you – or to embarrass yourself.
San Diego’s big-city neighbors to the north and south have drones but police here are mostly holding off. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department put out feelers about acquiring drones at one point, but says it’s not interested in them now.
San Diego leaders are rallying behind a new opportunity to place the region at the forefront of drone research.
There’s a dearth of basic details on the scope of San Diego’s drone industry but there are a few key facts we already know.
San Diego boosters often say the region is a major center for unmanned systems. Still, no one seems to know just how many companies here work on drones, or how much money they pump into the local economy.
Here’s what the FAA doesn’t want you to know: There’s currently no federal rule or regulation prohibiting the recreational or commercial use of model drones.
Drones have helped capture images of the Rim Fire and other big blazes. But so far, the images of the fires burning in San Diego County have come from hobbyists.