Remotely Piloted Vehicles

photo_Drone policyThe domestic use of robotic or remotely piloted aircraft is expected to become an $85 billion business within a few years, as this technology becomes widely available for commercial application within the United States. This technology offers many public safety benefits and commercial opportunities, but it also raises concerns about personal privacy, safety, and liability.






IHSS Co-Director presents at RPV Policy Panel in Washington, DC. (May 2013)

IHSS Co-Director, David Schanzer, presents at RPV Policy Panel in Washington, DC. (May 2013)

Robotic and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Inside the United States: Applications, Safety, Perceptions and Privacy Concerns

May 8, 2013 8:30 – 10:00 am
The National Press Club (Washington, DC)
Link to Program Agenda







Unmanned Aircraft and the Human Element: Public Perceptions and First Responder Concerns
Project Team: Joe Eyerman, Clark Letterman, Wayne Pitts, John Holloway, Ken Hinkle, David Schanzer, Katrina Ladd, Susan Mitchell
June 2013

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are a relatively mature technology currently used for military and homeland security purposes that are quickly being developed for transition to public safety, first responder, and commercial applications in the United States. Although currently closely regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), UAS are expected to be cleared for wider use in the continental United States (CONUS) following the congressional mandate that FAA establish guidelines for use within U.S. national airspace by 2015. Furthermore, economic forecasts predict that the UAS domestic market will have annual sales of 40,000 units by 2015 and sales are expected to grow to 160,000 units within ten years.

RTI International began a research program in 2012 dedicated to understanding the social, behavioral, and policy factors associated with UAS technology. As part of this research program RTI conducted two pilot studies to inform our understanding of public perceptions and law enforcement concerns. The results of these studies are summarized in the research brief below. More extensive analysis of these data will be presented in subsequent publications.

Link to Research Brief

“Data and the Public Health Aspect of Drones”
Joe Eyerman and S. Cornelia Kaydos-Daniels
December 2013

In this article, Eyerman and Kaydos-Daniels discuss the need for informed policy decisions regarding the private use of drones. As the U.S. poises for an explosion of drone use by private companies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will need to make critical policies to govern this technology. An important aspect of these policies will be ensuring public health. The FAA will need to examine real data on drone crashes to better understand the implications of an expanded drone industry on public health. Funding systems to collect data on drone injuries and crashes now is critical to inform the FAA to make more effective public safety policy and will also help manufacturers design safer equipment.

Link to the Article


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