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Technology and risk considerations in shaping future drone legislation

Wright, Stephen; Studley, Matthew

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Steve Wright
Associate Lecturer - FET - EDM - UEDM0000

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Dr Matthew Studley
Professor of Ethics & Technology/School Director (Research & Enterprise)


The global aviation industry has decades-old and highly successful legislation enforcing safety in conventional manned aerospace. This framework has been evolved gradually around a set of mature technologies with particular goals and implementations, and legislators are now struggling to integrate the profoundly different implications of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology into this regulatory environment. This paper seeks to inform future UAV policy by highlighting its technological and distinctiveness from conventional aviation and making recommendations for future legislation, based on these observations.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 1, 2020
Online Publication Date Jul 17, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Jul 30, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jul 18, 2022
Journal International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management
Print ISSN 1468-4322
Electronic ISSN 1741-5292
Publisher Inderscience
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 2
Pages 128-139
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