What Elaine Chao as Transportation secretary could mean for commercial drone use

They don’t transport people around, but drones would fall under Elaine Chao’s purview if President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee is confirmed as secretary of Transportation.

In the role, Chao — who was Labor secretary under George W. Bush — would oversee the nation’s transportation systems and infrastructure, a wide-ranging job that also encompasses cars, trains and ships.

Among the questions she’ll have to answer on the drone front: whether the unmanned aerial vehicles will eventually be allowed to fly farther than their operators can see, function autonomously and fly over people on the ground …


LA Times | Dec. 8, 2016

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