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USDOT Secretary Foxx and NTSB Chairman Hart discuss location data for UAS and driverless vehicles

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Earlier this week, NSPS lobbyist John "JB" Byrd met Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Christopher Hart. In discussions on the importance of location data for DOT programs and policy connected to UAS and driverless vehicles, Byrd complimented the partnership NSPS enjoys with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in its effort to permit commercial operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for surveying and mapping, as well as “connected technology”. Byrd asked the Secretary to comment on what parallels he assessed not only in the technology involved amongst UAS and driverless vehicles, but also the regulatory framework USDOT had implemented for both operational platforms. Secretary Foxx commented that the UAS regulation was behind the technology, whereas with driverless vehicles, the regulations were out in front of the technology. Chairman Hart discussed the important role geospatial data plays in understanding geographical relevance to patterns for car accidents or aviation disasters. JB also complimented Chairman Hart on his September 2015 testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee where Hart emphasized the importance of, and increased need for, geospatial data collection as part of improving location data and "integrity management" for underground utilities and pipelines connected to PHMSA Reauthorization, known as the SAFE PIPES Act (S. 2276). Chairman Hart's position as Chair of the NTSB ends in March 2017, and overall NTSB term in December 2017. more

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