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Google, Amazon and others join federal drone task force

by Jacob Kleinman | October 30, 2015October 30, 2015 2:00 pm PDT

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Some of the biggest tech companies around are joining forces with the Federal Aviation Administration to sort out the future of drone registration. The group includes members from Amazon, Google, GoPro, DJI, Parrot, Walmart and Best Buy.

The group will focus on defining new laws for registering drones. It’s expected to deliver final recommendations by Nov. 20, and plans to meet formally from November 3-5.  The goal is to establish new rules as quickly as possible in order to keep up with the rapidly growing industry.

The goal is to establish a set system for identifying a drone’s owner. The task force will also need to decide whether smaller toy-sized drones should be treated the same as larger camera-equipped models. Registration could happen at the point of sale with help from retailers like Walmart and Best Buy.

Alongside tech and retail giants, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Department of Transportation (DOT), NASA, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Defense and Homeland Security are also involved. The group will be co-chaired by David Vos, who leads Project Wing at Google X, and Earl Lawrence, the FAA’s director of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office.

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Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...