Oklahoma is ready for the drone industryPublished: Thursday, February 25, 2021 By: Dale Denwalt Source: NewsOK
Oklahoma is one of the top states ready to accommodate the drone industry, according to an analysis by researchers at George Mason University.
The study ranked Oklahoma third behind North Dakota and Arkansas. It focused mostly on state laws that could allow unmanned aerial vehicles (UAS) to operate along "drone highways" without much restriction.
Across the world, hundreds of commercial drone operators are testing business ideas and launching services that rely on unmanned vehicles to make deliveries. However, widespread deployment of commercial drones is still years away, the report's authors said.
"Progress has been slow in part because of a lack of clarity about the federal and state roles over drones and airspace management," the report states. "Some members of Congress would like to codify state and local authority over drone flight management, but the technology is moving faster than federal legislation.