DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - An un-manned police drone could soon be secretly watching over the streets of Daytona Beach.
Chitwood said it would be useful for patrols, pursuits, and search and rescue. But he still has concerns about allowing it to fly over people and crowds in places like Main Street during bike week.
"It's something we're seriously looking at. Again, there are Federal Aviation Administration
Some argue the FAA does not have enough regulations. This particular drone must fly within the pilot's line of sight and no higher than 400 feet.
The builders of the drone said it is well designed for finding people. So WFTV put it to the test to see if it could find
It found him, but he showed up as a dot on the drone's camera.
"If I had this and all the kinks were worked out, we'd have that thing up every day. I have areas of stolen cars, car breaks, burglaries, special events," said Chitwood.
The FAA is allowing drone use for some law enforcement, but there are concerns.
David Finlayson, who helped build the drone, said it has crashed but only in testing.
"Getting this out there and saving lives in search and rescue, police