JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Unmanned aviation systems or drones are expected to be a $89 billion market over the next 10 years. Business leaders in Jacksonville want a piece of that pie.
The Jax Chamber along with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International hosted a forum to discuss the possibilities the technology can offer.
"We've got to be on the cutting edge, we can lead the next level of the economy," said Daniel Davis, president of Jax Chamber. "I'm excited about it, I think it will be a boost for the economy."
Nearby area like Gainesville are already cashing in on drones. Prioria Robotics just added dozens of jobs after receiving a contract to build military drones. But they and other companies are looking at the expanded opportunities for commercial use.
"Agriculture, search and research, law enforcement so this is an opportunity to talk to the public about that, " said Brent Klavon, with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.
The one problem, experts say, is the technology is moving faster than the government can keep up. The FAA has restricted the use of drones for commercial purposes and isn't expected to set a formal list of rules until 2015.
"The horizon is wide open in the commercial area," said Rep. Ander Cresnshaw, R-Florida.."You've got issues about privacy. You've got issues where the FAA needs to catch up. My job in Washington is trying to cut back on some of the red tape to get rid of the some of the regulations that are holding us back."