As a member of ARPAS-UK, The Drone Office contributed to a hopefully fair and balanced response to the Science and Technology Committee inquiry on the ethical and safety implications of the growing use of civilian drones, of all sizes, across the UK.
The Committee focused on the following 8 questions:
Q1: The ethical implications of civilian drones on citizen privacy and safety in the UK;
Q2: The effectiveness of built-in drone safety features, such as tracking and monitoring capabilities, in mitigating the risks of civilian drones;
Q3: The effectiveness of anti-drone technology in mitigating the risks of civilian drones;
Q4: The economic opportunities arising from the growth of drone technology
Q5: The success, or otherwise, of regulatory frameworks for civilian drones and what should be covered in the forthcoming ‘Drones Bill’;
Q6: The plans for registration of civilian drones in the UK;
Q7: The current state of drone safety education and research in the UK; and
Q8: International comparators with exemplary drone-interference prevention policies.