He also announced a new Aviation Rulemaking Committee to help create standards for “remotely identifying and tracking
unmanned aircraft during operations.” The committee will be made up of aviation, technology, law enforcement, and safety stakeholders.
DJI recently released a white paper outlining a concept for an electronic identification framework for UAS.
“Anyone with the proper receiver could obtain those transmissions from the drone, but only law enforcement officials or aviation regulators would be able to use that registration number to identify the registered owner,” DJI said in a press release. “This system would be similar to automotive license plates, which allow anyone to identify a nearby vehicle they believe is operating improperly, but which can only be traced to their owner and operator by authorities.”
Huerta touched on how quickly drone tech had changed from his two CES
visits in the past.
“If you can dream it, drone manufacturers are building it. Some of the latest models can sense and avoid
obstacles in their paths. Others can fit in your pocket
, or be used underwater
. A few have even automated the ‘selfie
’ game,” Huerta said.
But he believes the industry needs to focus on more than the “bells and whistles that come with unmanned aircraft.” Instead, Huerta urges the industry to use technology to help solve the safety
and security challenges that the FAA faces when it comes to drones.
“The way I see it, the more problems industry can solve itself using technology, the better,” Huerta said. “You’re going to do it more quickly and efficiently than the FAA ever could through regulations.”