As the U.S. prepares for a new president, industry stakeholders wait to see what will change with the new administration. Here, industry leader Lisa Elllman discusses how drone technology could be used to address some of the problems the U.S. – and the world – now face.
The following is a guest post by Lisa Ellman, Chair of the Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems Group for Hogan Lovells, and Executive Director of the Commercial Drone Alliance. DRONELIFE neither makes nor accepts payment for guest posts.
How the Biden-Harris Administration Can Leverage Emerging Aviation Technologies to Confront Our Nation’s Biggest Challenges
The evening of Nov. 7, amidst the fireworks that followed President-Elect Joe Biden’s and Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris’s words to the nation, LED-lit drones illuminated the night sky over Wilmington, Del. Dozens of drones danced together to depict “Biden,” “46”, “USA” – and a glowing map of the U.S.
Not only was the light show entertaining, but it was also a welcome signal of the next Administration’s desire to embrace emerging technologies. To unleash the power of those technologies for Americans’ health, prosperity and quality of life, the Biden-Harris Administration, under the leadership of Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation, should move quickly to make rules that enable and support innovative aviation technologies.
Drones can provide extensive benefits and essential services – from delivering COVID-19 vaccines or critical supplies, to assisting with fire, public safety and natural disaster response, to inspecting and monitoring critical infrastructure. Investment in urban air mobility (UAM) technologies, such as electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) and other emerging clean-fuel aircraft technologies, will similarly bring immense benefits to the public by reducing congestion along heavily burdened corridors and demonstrating U.S. leadership in sustainable aviation innovation.
Growth of these industries will unlock billions of dollars in economic growth over the next few years if the regulatory framework can keep pace with the rapidly evolving industry. Regulatory progress has lagged behind innovation. By accelerating current efforts, the Biden Administration can leverage the aviation technology industry in ways that will keep Americans healthy, put Americans back to work, and promote U.S. leadership in the world.
Deploy Drones to Buttress and Support America’s COVID-19 Response Efforts
Drones are already successfully delivering medical supplies in American communities. With the prospect of a vaccine finally on the horizon, drones can play a key role in delivering lifesaving COVID-19
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