Illinois-based insurer would use emerging technology for natural disaster response
But rules and regulations for the safe use of drones are lagging so far behind that a special oversight group has now been formed.
The use of drones is growing by leaps and bounds, moving from mere curiosity, to outdoor hobby, to business opportunity.
One local expert says these remote controlled aircraft will become more common, even as regulations lag behind.
Republican Rodney Davis says he thinks the only thing that will matter to insurgents is force.
Neither the city of St. Louis nor the state of Missouri have any restrictions against drone use.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said he enjoyed the lively conversation he had with residents this afternoon via Twitter.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is pushing forward with a drone surveillance program.
The federal agency has ordered the university as well as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to stop flying the drones outdoors until they obtain government authorization.
Researchers at the University of Missouri in Columbia and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln were testing the flying robots as aerial photographers and video recorders from difficult-to-reach news scenes.