Monday, December 14, 2015

U.K. Poised to Garner Benefits of Autonomous Vehicles, as the U.S. Over-regulates

Over at The Telegraph, we read that Google considers the UK a key market for development of its self-driving cars. It seems the company is "very positive about the non-regulatory approach being taken in the UK, [placing] the UK in a good position and could be seen as an example of best practice." Google has also escaped excessive regulation in the area of drone development in the easier regulatory climes of Australia.

The U.S., on the other hand, is regulating toys as well as radio-controlled vehicles and non-UAV type drones. All but the smallest will qualify for tracking by the Federal Aviation Administration as the agency attempts to impose order on the burgeoning hobbyist use of the unmanned craft. Drones must be registered starting Dec. 21 and the agency will charge a $5 fee, which is required under current law, according to the FAA.

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