These are the biggest regulatory roadblocks holding up the global drone industry

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Drone technologies continue to improve at a rapid pace and are slowly pushing the unmanned aircraft toward the mainstream. Companies in a variety of industries are now looking to use drones to cut costs, boost efficiencies, and create new revenue streams and business values, such as last-mile retail deliveries.

But regulatory roadblocks are still holding back widespread commercial drone use in most large, developed markets. Many countries still have laws on the books that regulate drones as other aircraft, such as planes or helicopters, and prevent unmanned aircraft from flying beyond a few miles from the operator. That makes laws and regulations arguably the chief determining factor in the development of the commercial drone industry worldwide.

This new report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, will give a high-level overview of commercial drone regulations around the world. We detail the major changes in global drone regulations over the past year, and show how regulators are working to stay ahead of the nascent, yet valuable devices. In addition, we show how regulatory changes will impact the industry and allow for new enterprise use cases in the next few years.

Here are some of the key takeaways:

Regulations have helped the US, Europe, and China become the three largest potential markets in the world for commercial drone use.
In the US, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) governs all commercial and consumer drone use. Meanwhile, a slew of states have their own regulations that companies deploying drones have to navigate through.
In Europe, the lack of EU-wide drone regulations creates a patchwork of national regulations that resembles the state-level rules in the US.
In China, the military controls over …read more

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Saudi Crown Prince orders release of 2107 Pakistani prisoners on PM Imran’s request

ISLAMABAD: A day after Prime Minister Khan’s request to Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman to consider cases of Pakistanis in Saudi jails, the crown prince has ordered release of 2107 prisoners.Speaking at the banquet hosted in honour of Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, Prime Minister Imran Khan referred to the problems of Pakistani Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia and requested that their immigration should be done in the three big cities of Pakistan.He also mentioned the problems faced by Pakistani workers in Saudi Arabia, whom he considered very close to his heart and special people.He requested the Crown Prince to treat them as their own people.Imran Khan also requested the Crown Prince to take measures for the early release of 3,000 Pakistani prisoners jailed in Saudi Arabia.Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in response assured the Prime Minister that Saudi Arabia would do whatever it could to address those issues.Consider me Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia, he assured the prime minister.Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said 2107 prisoners will be freed with immediate effect while cases of the remaining will be reviewed. …read more

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