Dozens of State DOTs Are Now Using or Testing Aerial Drones

A new survey finds that state transportation departments are using unmanned aircraft for gathering images of construction sites, surveying, bridge inspections and other tasks.

FAA Expands Instant-Approval Flight Plan Program for Drones

Once deployed, the system would authorize drone flights in minutes instead of months.

A New Way Drone Hobbyists Are Endangering First Responders

Amateurs flying unmanned aerial vehicles have previously grounded firefighting aircraft. Now, their devices are actually sparking wildfires.

90% of People Think AI Will Take Away the Jobs of Other People

Survey: 48% of people think they'll soon have an AI employee.

Drones Take Off in a Public Safety Role

Being able to rescue someone using a drone like what happened in North Carolina is probably every pilot’s dream.

Drone Delivery Is One Step Closer With Trump Pilot Program

“The result of these regulations on our nation’s most innovative companies has been to force their programs overseas," according to the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

How Tech and Data Boosted Florida’s Response to Irma

Some of the tools and strategies the Sunshine State used to prepare for and recover from a big hurricane.

Drone Hobbyists Continue to Disrupt Firefighting

As of July 7, the number of U.S. firefighting operations that were disturbed by drones so far this year totaled 17, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, part of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Interactive Medical Drones: No Longer Science Fiction

With the help of medical drones, anyone might be able to provide emergency medical care at a disaster.

Connecticut Bill Would Allow Weaponized Drones for Police

But these types of unmanned aircraft systems would be off limits to the general public.

UPS Tests Delivery Drone in Florida

'We’re an engineering company at UPS, it’s part of our DNA, of who we are.'

Drone Aspirations in Virginia Coal Country Get a Federal Boost

$2.2 million will support new training programs focused on unmanned aerial vehicle technology in a county in the southwest part of the state.

How Cincinnati's Public Utilities Have Deployed Drone Aircraft

“Using drone technology we can do it in a matter of minutes, versus a matter of hours or days, and redirect human resources to other facets of the utility,” according to City Manager Harry Black.

Can Building a Drone Industry Lift Up This County in Virginia’s Coal Country?

A court official spearheading an effort to attract unmanned aerial vehicle companies to Wise County thinks so. “Innovation can come from the strangest of places,” he said.

Arizona Bans Local Drone Laws; Denver Railroad Crossings Experience Glitches

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: 25 Connecticut police officers minorities might want to avoid; Detroit blight removal program investigated; and can D.C. spend money without Congress?

In Drone Debate, States Will Have to Sort Out Data Collection Policies

During a NASCIO panel discussion on unmanned aerial vehicles, privacy issues were a top concern.