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Drone-flying is newest addition to Japan's driving schools

The need for pilots help fill the decreasing demand for driver licenses

Drone schools are expecting hot demand as the commercial applications of the flying vehicles expand exponentially.   © (Photo by Koji Ueama)

TOKYO -- An increasing number of driving schools in Japan are offering drone-flying lessons. As the commercial uses for unmanned flying vehicles are quickly increasing, the new service could be an answer to a potential shortfall of drone pilots, as well as to shrinking demand for driving lessons.

A total of 24 driving schools around Japan have registered with the Driving School Drone Consortium, a promotional body to encourage driving schools to teach the skills and knowledge essential for drone flying. Of those, 16 have already begun offering drone flight classes, and the remaining eight plan to start lessons by the end of the year.

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