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Drone-Crowded Skies Get a Step Closer With U.S. Safety Rules

  • Long-awaited requirement for drones to broadcast ID finalized
  • Separate safety standards set to allow flights over people
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Commercial drone use for deliveries and services cleared a major hurdle in the U.S. with new rules allowing the devices to fly over populated areas for the first time and requirements for tracking them to address safety and security concerns.

All but the smallest drones will have to broadcast a radio signal with a digital license plate and a flight location under new Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the agency said in a news release. Details of the move were earlier reported by Bloomberg News.