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Apple taps drone specialist to lobby Washington on aviation

Apple Inc has engaged a specialist in drone and aviation legislation as a Washington lobbyist, suggesting the corporate is pushing additional into the rising discipline.

The Cupertino, California-based tech large retained Lisa Ellman, a associate at Hogan Lovells, to conduct the lobbying. Ellman leads the legislation agency’s Unmanned Plane Programs follow. She additionally co-founded the Industrial Drone Alliance and is working to develop the industrial drone business, in line with her biography on-line.

Ellman labored within the Obama administration and the Justice Division earlier in her profession. Ellman’s lobbying work for Apple started in December, in line with an organization submitting that was made public this week. Representatives for Apple and Ellman declined to remark.

The corporate used drones a couple of years in the past to assist it acquire mapping information. In December, it met with regulators a couple of proposed legislation that may require drones to sport digital license plates. The corporate additionally sells a number of drones from DJI by the Apple web site and Apple retail shops.

Apple has a staff exploring satellites, a kind of unmanned plane, and Ellman might help in regulatory efforts that may have to be carried out to launch such an effort. Apple rivals, together with Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc, have developed drones lately.

Apple lobbied the federal government on points associated to unmanned aerial autos” in 2017 and “points associated to autonomous autos and unmanned aviation” in late 2018, in line with disclosures to the US Senate.

The corporate spent greater than US$5.5mil (RM22.37mil) on lobbying within the first three quarters of 2019, in line with the newest disclosures to Congress, whereas Google and Fb Inc spent hundreds of thousands extra. Apple has additionally lobbied on taxes, music copyright, privateness, competitors, immigration and monetary expertise, amongst different points. – Bloomberg

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