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The Drone Industry: Lessons Learned in 2020

Let’s take a look at the lessons learned in 2020 and where the drone industry might be heading in 2021. Here are some key takeaways from the past year:

  • Continued Industry Maturity:  In 2020, drones are now seen as more of a tool than a novel piece of technology. That means that we will likely see a shift from tests and pilot programs to real logistical operations.

  • Industry Regulations and Policy Changes: The new year will likely bring less restrictions and regulations for beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights. We have already seen more of this in 2020 (with the pandemic being a driving factor for loosened restrictions and BVLOS operations), and now that this trend has taken off, it will likely continue. Note that in 2021, the new EU drone regulations will come into effect, too.

  • COVID-19’s Impact on the Industry: The pandemic has brought lessons and new values to light for the critical infrastructure of companies operating drones. Because of this increase in drone use over the past year, it is likely that many more companies will adopt drones into their daily functions over the coming years as well. The efficiency, safety and effectiveness of drones has come to light during this unimaginable year.

  • More delivery drones will likely hit the skies.

  • More real-time image and video capturing by drones leveraging artificial intelligence (AI).

As the demand for drones continues in 2021, expect to see a surge of innovation to meet the various enterprise needs and address regulations. On to the new year.

Copyright © 2022 Robinson & Cole LLP. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 4
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Kathryn Rattigan Attorney Cybersecurity Data Privacy
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Kathryn Rattigan is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She advises clients on data privacy and security, cybersecurity, and compliance with related state and federal laws. Kathryn also provides legal advice regarding the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS, or drones) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. She represents clients across all industries, such as insurance, health care, education, energy, and construction.

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