US: To prioritize the interests of consumer drones owners, DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro have formed an alliance to support sensible drone regulations. The companies are the top four players in the consumer photography drone sector that are lobbying together to roll out consumer policies, especially ones that "promote innovation and safety, and create a practical and responsible regulatory framework."
DJI has a good track record of cooperation with FAA, as the company backed the agency's new registration program. The FAA initiative started after the number of accidents caused by privately owned drones increased last year. Therefore, it’s easy to make out that the Alliance will lobby for looser restrictions on pro photographers and aerial hobbyists, while making sure that zero incidents happen due to poor drone piloting.
"Significant economic and social benefits [come from] drone operations in the U.S.," the Alliance points out. The organization notes that it will serve the interests of a myriad different clients, from civilian to governmental.
Formerly, the tech enterprises were part of the Small UAV Coalition. At its debut in 2014, the organization featured names such as DJI, Amazon Prime Air, and 3DR and established itself as one of the important lobbying groups for drone manufacturers. DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro left the Coalition and observant readers can see that the logos of the four companies were removed from the official Small UAV Coalition webpage.
Looking at the divisive interests of the big and small drone manufacturing companies, it is easy to see why DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro parted ways with the likes of Amazon, Intel and Google. The latter group aims to revolutionize transportation and place its bets on delivery services that need drones for commercial activities.
Source: Tech Times