The Federal Aviation Administration announced two new rules focused on drone safety and innovation yesterday. The first rule requires drones to have a “Remote Identification” system that broadcasts a drone’s unique ID, location, and other data. The remote ID systems will aim to improve drone safety by integrating the unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system and providing “crucial information” to national security agencies and law enforcement. The second rule loosens restrictions on when and where drones can fly, specifically allowing certain drones to operate over people and at night.
More context: The rules come amid rapidly increasing commercial and recreational adoption of drones, with the FAA noting that drones are the “fastest-growing segment in the entire transportation sector” (source).