A cheap drone can be found in many Australian markets, with prices ranging from as low as $200 in Sydney to as high as $4,500 in Perth.
But as Australian drone market growth continues to accelerate, new rules to restrict the number of drones flying in the country have prompted more companies to begin exploring the drone market.
The Federal Government announced in May it will regulate the number and size of drones allowed in the sky, while also restricting the number to only three.
A recent study by US technology consultancy Gartner found Australia is now home to about 4,000 drones, and is the second most densely populated country in the world.
Gartner says there are a lot of factors behind the increasing popularity of drones in Australia, including the “wonderful safety record” of the Australian Government’s drone regulations.
But the Australian Federal Police is currently seeking approval for more than 5,000 drone flights per year, with the Federal Government also planning to increase drone flight from its current 2,000 per year to 3,000.
Meanwhile, drone operators are growing increasingly concerned about the lack of privacy protections, and a lack of a clear set of rules around drones flying above buildings, including how they can be tracked and tracked to the owner’s location.
In a statement on Thursday, Gartners said it was concerned the lack.
“While there are many factors to consider, it is imperative that all drone operators abide by relevant privacy laws and comply with the rules set out in the Aviation Act,” the statement said.
“This is especially important for those operating drones for the purposes of remote sensing, mapping and aerial photography.”
We continue to monitor the growing popularity of drone flight and its impact on privacy.
“The Federal Department of Agriculture and Fisheries said it had already begun looking at the impact of drones on bushland.
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