Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Drones: Technology, Innovation And Privacy Concerns Over Unmanned Aircraft

Readying a drone for flight in Hyde County, North Carolina
Credit NextGen Air Transportation Center

North Carolina is the birthplace of flight. Now some people want to get in on some more recent technology - unmanned aircraft - drones. They range in size from a kid's toy to a bus-sized military aircraft and have a broad range of uses - from law enforcement and military to agriculture, journalism, and maybe even deliveries from Amazon. But as promising at the technology is, it has some privacy advocates concerned that it could open the door to unconstitutional surveillance. While the FAA develops rules over unmanned aircraft and the North Carolina legislature weighs privacy concerns, we take a closer look at drones, their applications - both public and commercial, and the safety, privacy, ethical and legal implications for unmanned flying machines.

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Local News
1:17 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Concord Company Uses Drones, In A Sign Of Things To Come

A view of Uptown taken above Fifth Third Bank, by an Aerial Captures drone.
Credit Aerial Captures

Drones are most well known for their military use, but in the near future unmanned flying contraptions may dust our crops, deliver us pizza, and become another technology that fades into the background of our lives.

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