The Obama Administration is expected to begin outlining new rules regarding commercial drone operation in the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wanted to release initial rules before the end of December, but Congress and other lawmakers said it would be more realistic for guidelines to be published starting in January.
The US government and private drone operators expect 2015 to be a critical year for drone regulation, as companies want to use drones for a wide variety of commercial purposes. When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced his interest in delivering products via drone, many people laughed it off - but the public statement was met with optimism by other companies hoping to benefit from drones.
"We need some sort of process that allows some of the low-risk operations," said Jesse Kallman, Airwave head of regulatory affairs. "I think Congress understands that, and hopefully they'll take steps in the coming year to address that."