Seoul city on Monday urged the South Korean government to ease drone regulations as part of its plans to use the unmanned aerial vehicles for the public. Also Read - DJI Mavic Air 2 takes 48MP photos and records 4K at 60fps: Check price, flight time and other featuresAlso Read - DJI to launch new product on April 27; could it be the Mavic Air 2?
The Seoul Metropolitan Government requested the defense and transport ministries to simplify the approvals process for drone use for monitoring the city s traffic status, officials said. Also Read - Facebook collaborating with Airbus to test solar-powered internet drones in Australia: Report
Under current rules, flying drones of over 12 kg requires a permit from the Seoul Regional Aviation Administration. Regardless of the weight, taking pictures with drones or flying them in restricted areas also needs approval from the defense ministry, the Korea Herald reported.
Seoul city has been using drones under 12 kg for monitoring and analyzing the traffic status and checking traffic facilities. The city has been actively utilizing drones in various sectors. In August, the city decided to adopt drones in search and rescue operations at disaster scenes.
It is currently flying two drones in the fire and disaster department on a trial basis, authorities said.