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CNN launches research for drones in journalism

Published on Jun 24, 2014 6:41 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - CNN said Monday it was launching a research project with the Georgia Institute of Technology on how drones could be used for newsgathering by media organisations.

The research will evaluate the technology, personnel and safety needs to operate effectively and will share its findings with the Federal Aviation Administration, which is considering rules for unmanned aerial vehicles.

“Our hope is that by working cooperatively to share knowledge, we can accelerate the process for CNN and other media organisations to safely integrate this new technology into their coverage plans,” said Mr David Vigilante, CNN senior vice-president, in a statement.

Georgia tech researcher Mike Heiges said drones “have a number of applications that benefit society, such as search and rescue, disaster response and agricultural mapping and crop assessment,” and added that “we’re excited to be engaging with CNN to study the newsgathering applications” for drones.

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