The hiring of former Obama administration expert Lisa Ellman suggests Apple may use more drones in the future,media reported. The Hogan Lovells partner will represent Apple in Washington, D.C. She was recently named Fortune’s Most Influential Woman for her policy on managing the use of drones.
Ellamn worked for the Obama administration and the Justice Department early in her career. She is actively working to expand the use of commercial drones in the United States.
Apple has been interested in drones since it began collecting data on Apple Maps in 2017.
Apple has lobbied the government on drone-related issues in 2017 and 2018, according to information disclosed by the U.S. Senate.
In 2018, Apple joined a special U.S. drone program that allows the company to conduct tests beyond the FAA’s usual permitted range, including flying over crowds, at night and flying out of sight of pilots.
It’s unclear what Apple’s intentions will be to hire the new lobbyist, but it’s certain that the company wants to influence her on the law making about apple map improvements based on drones.