Senate Panel Plans Hearing on Commercial Use of Drones.

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By Cathy Burke

A Senate committee will conduct a hearing next year on the commercial use of drones, and will look at warehouse behemoth Amazon’s plan to use mini-drone “octocopters” for package delivery.

“Amazon’s plans for using drones to deliver packages is just one example of the potential this technology offers consumers, and a reflection of the ingenuity of American business,” Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation ChairmanJay Rockefeller said Monday,The Hill reported.

“As we move forward toward integrating drones into civilian life and capitalizing on the economic opportunities they offer, we must make certain that these aircraft meet rigorous safety and privacy standards,” said Rockefeller, D-W. Va.

“I plan to hold a hearing early next year to explore the potential economic benefits of unmanned vehicles in our airspace, as well as the potential risks they may create,” he said.

A committee aide said the hearing was…

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