Life-saving drone firm calls for speedy deregulation


By Woo Jae-yeon

SEOUL, May 20 (Yonhap) — It is often the case that regulation fails to keep pace with rapidly developing technology. The drone industry is a case in point.

“It feels like our hands are tied” said Park Sung-youl, Overseas Strategy Manager at Soomvi Co., a maritime life-saving drone company based in Incheon.

His company was participating in the “Seatrade Cruise Asia 2016,” an annual global cruise convention that took place in Busan last week, when Park sat down with Yonhap News Agency to talk about the growth potential of the drone startup and the regulatory hurdles that put a strain on its business.

“We need to get permission from at least four government agencies when we test fly drones in Seoul,” he said.