According to an announcement made last Tuesday by a startup called "Measure" the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has granted the company green light to fly 324 drones for the sole purpose of gathering data. The announcement said that "Measure received the most comprehensive approval that the administration has settled on the matter so far, and it is the first Washington, DC based company allowed to use drones commercially".
The startup provides services and consultation on the use of drones for gathering data, and it focuses on agriculture, insurance, oil and gas and in any other industry that could benefit from a bird's eye view. According to CNN companies like IBM, Boeing, UPS, and the American Red Cross are already clients of Measure, and are taking advantage of this great piece of technology.
As we all know, any company looking to make business flying drones have to yet get approved by the FAA and follow the rules and compliances established by this administration, some of the rules are that you cannot fly higher than 400 feet and that the drone has to always be in your line of sight. Which for companies like Amazon that want to use drones for delivering packages this hasn't been a fresh breeze in the valley, in fact one of the reasons why Measure got the go-ahead was the mere fact that they were interested in only delivering data.