Using Drones Without Eye Contact Gets Okay

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A drone with a camera attached for taking photographs from the air. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

Israeli regulators have approved the operation of remotely-controlled, unmanned aircraft without requiring the operator to maintain eye contact with the vehicle, Globes reported Monday.

Airobotics said it received a permit from the Israel Civil Aviation Authority to operate the drones in Israel to provide security for industrial facilities.

The system consists of a large drone capable of carrying sensors or a camera up to two pounds in weight, and can stay in the air for 30 minutes. The drone lands and recharges itself on an automatic anchoring station, and can be run from special command and control rooms.

The first regulations governing commercial use of drones in the U.S. published last year by the FAA did not allow their operation without eye contact, as a safety measure.

Israel Chemicals and U.S. chip maker Intel at its Kiryat Gat plant have ordered the system.