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Commercial Use of Drones in a Holding Pattern

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office recently reported that a near mid-air collision occurred over Tallahassee, Florida, between an unmanned aircraft flying 2,300 feet...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments (September 2014)

Health Activists' Petition Seeks Sunset Of CBI Claims: On August 21, 2014, six environmental health organizations filed a petition under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The petition urges the U.S....more

Drone Technology Generates Significant Legal Buzz

Overseas, the military is unrestricted in its use of UAVs for routine surveillance purposes. No fourth amendment considerations are raised during battle. No search warrants need be obtained, trespassing laws are not adhered...more

Should Google’s “Driverless” Cars Require Code of Ethics Training?

Remember back in elementary school, when the teacher had you draw what you thought life would be like in 15 years? People living on Mars and flying automobiles dominated my adolescent thoughts. Fast forward 14 years later,...more

Drone on Drones: Government Regulation of Drones in Law Enforcement

While a controversial proposed state bill that would restrict law enforcement agencies’ use of drones is drawing criticism, the federal government is also tackling ways to regulate the use of this new technology. These...more

Your Car Will Be Networked to Every Other Car

Possibly as early as before the end of this decade every new car on the road will be connected to every other new car on the road. Cars may also be connected to traffic signs, traffic signals, smartphones and other devices....more

In Flight Catalog: Senator Rockefeller Opens Inquiry Into Consumer Data Practices by Airlines

Last week, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) sent a letter to the top ten revenue generating passenger airlines in the United States, opening an inquiry into their practices related to charging additional fees for optional...more

Drone Filmmaking and the Technological Power Shift

There is something stirring in the skies, and it’s about to turn the independent filmmaking world upside down. With this year’s arrival of accessible, affordable, and—most importantly—legal unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or...more

DOT Proposes Hazardous Materials “Reverse Logistics” Program

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on August 11, 2014, proposed a rule that would add a section to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) creating...more

Executive Order on Drone Privacy Expected

The Obama Administration informed various sources that President Obama plans to issue an executive order to develop privacy guidelines for using commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) - also referred to as drones....more

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) – aka Drones Usages and Regulation: Where Are We Headed? Part One

The ever-quickening pace of technological innovation creates serious obstacles for legal, legislative, and regulatory regimes that are notoriously slow to adapt. One of the newest arenas in which this struggle is playing out...more

Laying the Groundwork for Natural Gas Vehicles

Infrastructure and Regulations may Dictate Speed of Adoption - America’s shale gas revolution is making waves in transportation technology. Currently, only 1 percent of all natural-gas-fueled vehicles worldwide are...more

Wireless Technologies to Be Mandated by NHTSA

Recent months have seen major developments in the march toward truly autonomous cars. Google has announced that it has logged almost 700,000 miles of autonomous driving, and that it has been driving many of those miles in...more

The FAA’s “Regulations” Pertaining to Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Amazon’s ambitious proposal to use a fleet of unmanned aircraft systems to deliver packages may seem like a novelty announced years before its time, but the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems is already here. The...more

Special Due Diligence Concerns When Buying Unmanned Aerial Systems

The regulatory lid is about to come off domestic commercial use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (“UASs”). When that happens, like a vacuum, the U. S. commercial market will seek to deploy every viable system. In the rush to...more

The Federal Aviation Administration Appeals Most Recent Drone Ruling

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has appealed this month's ruling by an administrative law judge striking down a fine against paid photographer who had strapped cameras to a model airplane and photographed the...more

FAA Lacks Authority to Ground Small UAVs Used for Commercial Purposes

A victory for a small commercial unmanned aerial vehicle operator demonstrates the Federal Aviation Administration’s struggle to keep pace with new technologies. On March 6, 2014, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) of...more

Administrative Law Judge Rules Camera-Equipped Model Airplanes Are Cleared for Take-Off

A ruling by an administrative law judge punches a hole through the FAA's ban on the unlicensed use of commercial drones. The decision may be significant for ongoing discussions in Congress and in Indian Country about drone...more

Amazon bests the milkman with new, patented method of delivery

Ok. I admit. I’m too young, no, make that way too young to know how the milk man system of delivery worked. Was it subscription-based? Or was there an element of public service to it – where the milk man (or maid!)...more

NIST Publishes Draft Cybersecurity Framework For Critical Infrastructure Industries

On October 23, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a long-anticipated draft of its Cybersecurity Framework. The Framework, as NIST explains, is “not a risk management process itself,” but...more

Avoiding Potential Litigation Pitfalls Associated With On-Board Video Cameras

The transportation industry is always searching for new technology and best practices that can eliminate or reduce risky driving behavior, improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of fleets, and avoid frivolous and...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Preliminary Draft Issued"

On October 22, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued its Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework (the Preliminary Framework). The Preliminary Framework represents the first full draft of the...more

NIST Issues Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework For Critical Infrastructure Organizations

In accordance with the President's Executive Order on Cybersecurity issued on October 22, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology ("NIST") released the draft of its Cybersecurity Framework, intended to help...more

Fiscal Fights in Congress Threaten to Ground Newsroom Plans for Drones

Commercial drones for news gathering may be grounded from takeoff, at least for a while, by fiscal dogfights and privacy concerns playing out this month in the U.S. Congress....more

Capital Thinking Update - July 22, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 23. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to renew his motion to proceed on the FY 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban...more

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