Use of Drones for Conservation Surveillance—Benefits and Regulatory Hurdles in the United States

December 13, 2017

O'Melveny partner Eric Rothenberg recently authored an article in The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law, titledUse of Drones for Conservation Surveillance—Benefits and Regulatory Hurdles in the United States.” Below is an excerpt of the full article.

Drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)/unmanned aircraft system (UAS), technology suits a myriad of conservation and environmental protection applications, offering quick, easy, and cost-effective aerial imagery as well as sensor and monitoring capabilities.1 Surveillance is critical to conservation (conservation drones), and drones have become a useful tool in assuring environmental, safety, and health compliance, especially for large sites.2 

1 Drones for Environmental Protection and Conservation, SENSEFLY.

2 There are many other regulatory compliance and enforcement uses of drone technology, such as drug enforcement, immigration enforcement, and transportation safety, which are not being addressed here.

This memorandum is a summary for general information and discussion only and may be considered an advertisement for certain purposes. It is not a full analysis of the matters presented, may not be relied upon as legal advice, and does not purport to represent the views of our clients or the Firm. Eric Rothenberg, an O'Melveny partner licensed to practice law in New York, contributed to the content of this newsletter. The views expressed in this newsletter are the views of the authors except as otherwise noted.

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