Latta bill would explore unmanned delivery services

The Blade
Fri, 22 May 2020 18:46:44 GMT

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U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green) introduced a bill this week that would task the U.S. Secretary of Commerce with studying unmanned delivery services.

The legislation seeks to evaluate their impact on businesses conducting interstate commerce and identify any regulatory roadblocks in their use. 

“The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of delivering goods Americans rely on directly to their homes as safely and efficiently as possible. Unmanned delivery services, including drones, robots, and autonomous vehicles, unleash the potential to ensure Americans can access necessities from the comfort of their living rooms, whenever they need them,” Mr. Latta said.

“These smart devices offer unique opportunities to make it easier for senior citizens, people with disabilities, people who live in remote areas, or people who cannot leave their homes to get food and medications. Analyzing the potential of unmanned delivery services and identifying regulatory obstacles will facilitate the safe incorporation of these devices into our everyday lives, and ensure the United States remains a global leader in innovation.”

The Advancing Unmanned Delivery Services Act is part of a legislative package to ensure American leadership in emerging technology to beat China and to tackle other challenges to global competitiveness.