Reps. Lipinski and Heck Re-Launch Unmanned Systems Caucus

Representatives Dan Lipinski (IL-3) and Joe Heck (NV-03) have re-launched the Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus.

The caucus will serve as a bipartisan forum to educate members of Congress on commercial applications of unmanned systems, current industry trends, and regulatory issues associated with air, land, and sea-based autonomous systems.

“Transportation technology is moving at a rapid pace, quickly advancing the use of autonomous and remote-controlled vehicles, commonly called ‘unmanned’ systems,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “The movement of people and goods is being transformed and new commercial opportunities are being developed every day.  Our caucus will keep members of Congress informed so that we can make good decisions about the promotion, regulation, and oversight of these systems in order to uphold public safety and safeguard privacy while these new technologies improve our lives and boost economic growth.”

“Unmanned systems have the potential to help grow our economy, strengthen public safety, and improve quality of life,” Rep. Heck said.  “My goal as co-chair is to work in a bipartisan way with caucus members to educate our colleagues about the wide array of uses for unmanned systems and the benefits of integrating those systems for commercial applications, and also to ensure that regulations do not stifle innovation in this emerging industry.”

“We welcome Congress’ support for this growing industry that has enormous potential to positively impact our lives and the U.S. economy, and we look forward to working with the Unmanned Systems Caucus,” said Brian Wynne, President and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the leading advocacy group for unmanned systems. “The technology has a wide range of applications to help industries do their work faster, safer, and more effectively.  Unmanned systems will be used for everything from helping farmers care for their crops, to inspecting bridges and oil pipelines, to even providing virtual real estate tours. It’s impossible to envision all of the new uses and benefits, but unmanned systems potential is unlimited, and the coming years will certainly be an exciting time.”

An AUVSI report found that this industry is expected to create more than 100,000 jobs nationwide and generate more than $82 billion in economic impact in the first decade following integration.