Two new pieces of legislation recently introduced regarding the future of UAS are being applauded by a leading association.

The Protecting Firefighters and Promoting Innovation Act, introduced by Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and the Future Transportation Research and Innovation for Prosperity (TRIP) Act, introduced by Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) are good things according to Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).

Wynne says the two pieces of legislation underscore the many societal benefits of robotic technologies, from helping fight wildfires to improving transportation systems. “AUVSI appreciates the leadership and initiative of Rep. Sinema’s efforts to establish a federal interagency working group to study how unmanned aircraft systems can better assist wildland firefighting, which affected over 3.5 million acres in the U.S. last year alone,” Wynne says, highlighting that firefighting is a dangerous job and incorporating UAS will improve firefighter safety.

UAS provide enhanced, data-driven awareness and can help with fire suppression, containment, civilian rescues and fire prevention, Wynne explains.

He also commends the act introduced by Lipinski, saying it establishes a foundation for the widespread use of connected, intelligent vehicle technologies. “A new generation of intelligent machines, including automated vehicles, will improve the safety of our transportation system, provide mobility to the elderly and disabled, and reduce cost and waste.”

AUVSI supports the safe and responsible integration of UAS in order to unlock the tremendous potential the technology holds while helping to boost local economies and create jobs. An economic impact report from AUVSI found that the UAS industry would add more than 100,000 jobs and $82 billion to the economy in the first 10 years after integration into the national airspace system. The world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics, AUVSI represents more than 7,500 members from 60-plus allied countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.