As drone technology and potential applications continue to expand, corporate leaders around the world are facing a difficult question: How can drones be used to grow their businesses without harming customers and bystanders?

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The question has no easy answer. Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have been working to analyze the risks, educate the public, and develop effective ways to regulate the industry.

The FAA has proposed new regulations for smaller commercial drones and opened six test sites across the country to conduct research. Some exceptions have been granted under existing laws for companies to use drones. Such exceptions have been granted with respect to film and television, land surveys, and package delivery tests.

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