Amazon, Google Win California Drone Battle

September 12, 2015 by Carina Ockedahl, @Ockis9

Tech companies such as Amazon and Google have emerged victorious in a California drone legislation battle, according to GeekWire.

Earlier this month, state governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have prohibited unmanned aerial vehicles from flying less than 350 feet above property without express permission from the owner of the building/premises below.

According to Brown’s letter to the California State Senate, the legislation would have held trespassers liable for breaking the law and entering the “no-fly” zone, whether or not a person’s privacy was violated by the drone’s flight.

The bill passed the California Assembly and Senate, but Amazon, Google, and GoPro were among several groups that firmly opposed it, reports Amazon and Google fought the legislation because of their plans to implement drone delivery. In the end, the tech industry won.

However, GeekWire says this will not be the last legal battle to be fought, as 46 states have considered over 150 different bills about drones this year alone.

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