Embry-Riddle offers master's degree in drones

Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM.

"Right now, it's kind of in the 'Wild West' stage," Macchiarella said.

And of course, there are concerns over privacy.

This year, Florida passed a law that bars local law enforcement from using drones without a warrant, unless there's the threat of a terrorist attack, and says the information can't be used as evidence in court. (Three Florida law enforcement agencies — Miami-Dade police, and Orange and Polk counties sheriff's offices — are authorized to use drones.)

"There's an industry that wants to sell hundreds and thousands of these drones all over the country, and before they're up in the sky, I thought it was a good idea to say, here are the rules in Florida," Florida Sen. Joe Negron, who sponsored the bill, told the Miami Herald in April.

The days of unmanned vehicles whizzing overhead are drawing near.

The war games are coming home.

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