Science Business: Increased use of drones forcing legislators to keep up
Unmanned aerial vehicles are increasingly being used in civilian applications, from delivering parcels to inspecting dangerous or remote areas.
The European Union has set itself a 2016 deadline for crafting a comprehensive legal framework covering the use of drones in its airspace, with member countries currently operating on different systems.
James MacFarlane from the University of Bristol is one of the many engineers pioneering the non-military use of this technology, and has developed a lightweight flying drone used to monitor radiation levels around the Fukushima power station in Japan.
“At the moment, one of the main ways to collect radiation data is to send a man with a pen, paper and Geiger counter,” he told Science Business. “There’s a lot of cost savings in indirect ways.”
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