Police Can Use Unmanned Drones in 2013. Get Your Crime Done Before Then.
If you're thinking about getting involved in high-speed cahse after your regular Tuesday bank robbery, prepare for disappointment. The FAA will allow police departments to fly unmanned drone aircraft around cities in two years. No more waiting for the police chopper, these guys will already be up in the air and ready to follow a suspect at a moment's notice. While they are less effective than helicopters in pursuing fleeing criminals, they are way cheaper to obtain and operate, which means that there could be several of them in the sky at any moment.
Unfortunately, these birds aren't just looking for guys from Heat or Point Break. They will be fully authorized to tag speeders or anyone else with bad enough luck that they get caught breaking a traffic law on their watch. So if you want to make an illegal U-turn cause you don't see any cops around, you better think twice. It's a long shot that they'll capture your tags, but they'll be looking.
Avid kite enthusiasts also take note: Careful with that extra-long kite line you just got. A pleasant day in the park could end with you in the slammer for destruction of police property. (Gawker)