New drone regulations have potential to ‘revolutionise’ businesses and public services

An updated body of regulations is set to come into effect in spring and will demand changes within the agriculture market, as well other commercial applications and public services.

The measures, which were devised by the Department for Transport, the Civil Aviation Authority, Innovate UK, and Baroness Sugg, are designed to place the UK at the forefront of the fast-growing drone industry.

It is also hoped that the new regulations will pave the way for the devices to be harnessed for a range of uses by businesses and public services, as well as within the farming sector.

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Despite the proposed amendments to UK drone regulations, industry experts within the farming sector expect to see the use of unmanned systems and AI become key tools.

According to Farming UK, says Sam Watson Jones, co-founder of agri-tech start-up Small Robot Company, said: “2018 will be a great year for farming. Profit, yield and the environment have been ongoing worries for years – and now there’s Brexit to contend with too.”

“But finally there’s light at the end of the tunnel. We are on the verge of the next farming revolution.”

Following the announcement of the proposed changes to UAV regulations, Baroness Sugg, said: “Drones have great potential and we want to do everything possible to harness the benefits of this technology as it develops.

“But if we are to realise the full potential of this incredibly exciting technology, we have to take steps to stop illegal use of these devices and address safety and privacy concerns.

“These new laws strike a balance, to allow the vast majority of drone users to continue flying safely and responsibly, while also paving the way for drone technology to revolutionise businesses and public services.”

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