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Vendor says heavy government hand on the technology could force operations out of the U.S.


Intel Corp has said “overly prescriptive” federal oversight of unmanned aerial systems technology could force the tech giant to transfer its drone R&D efforts overseas, according to Reuters.

Joshua Walden, Intel’s SVP and general manager for new technology, is reported to have said in written testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade that the private sector needs to be able to compete in the unmanned aerial systems marketplace.

“A federal government approach that is overly prescriptive regarding the deployment of new hardware and software will deter the private sector’s ability to invent and compete in the marketplace,” Walden is quoted as writing.

“Worse, it will drive us to relocate our business planning and R&D overseas, where we are being welcomed by foreign countries eager for investment in this new technology area,” he added.

Drones are set to become a significant part of the enterprise, with SAP highlighting Teal Group Corp data earlier this year that states by 2024, drone spending will increase from approximately $6.4 billion in 2014 to $11.4 billion.

Meanwhile, Sony was reported in August to be launching drone services in the first half of 2016 to supplement its unpredictable smartphone business.