Commercial drone pilots and hobbyists have been advised to prepare for the imminent introduction of new UAV standards across the UK.
The announcement was made at an event held by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and Drone Major Group at the House of Lords last week.
The event, which was attended by BSI chairman Sir David Brown, Minister Baroness Sugg, and key figures from within the drone industry, outlined the updated standards.
Technology publications Geospatial World reported that Drone Major’s, Robert Garbett, said: “After several years of work and global collaboration, detailed draft standards are expected to reach BSI Committee stage by spring 2018, following which there will be a period of wider consultation, expected then to lead to adoption shortly thereafter.
“The development and adoption of the first quality and safety standards for the drone industry will make 2018 a pivotal year for an industry which is set to become a global phenomenon. It is the year when British and world standards will be crystallised, energising the industry, and enabling it to meet its full potential to the benefit of UK plc, and indeed economies worldwide.
“If you look at the entire picture the figures are much larger and growing faster than anyone expected. If you then forecast the impact of integrating drone technologies across these environments, the figures will take on an ever more exciting dimension.”
The event comes after it was announced the Government is planning to clamp down on nationwide use of unmanned aerial vehicles, both commercial and consumer systems.
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.