Turns out drone boosters are just like us.
Drone-makers and experts seem to share a surprising number of concerns about their own devices as the general public. They worry a big drone crash could injure a civilian. Or that a big privacy breach could turn the public against their industry for good. They think the alphabet soup of acronyms sometimes used to describe certain drones is confusing. And they want to know if the crazy plotlines on “24” could happen in real life.
All of those topics came up Tuesday when more than 300 California drone industry stakeholders packed a Point Loma conference center to mull how the state can dominate the drone business despite all the questions hovering around it.
Organizers wanted to rally the region’s largest drone-makers as well as the small firms and researchers key to the industry’s growth behind an effort to make the state, and perhaps UC San Diego, a national drone research hub.
Big concerns about regulations, negative public perceptions and other potential pitfalls for the industry also got significant airtime at the Tuesday gathering.
Here are some key takeaways from the California Unmanned Aircraft Systems Summit.
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@LisaHalverstadt and no mention of 3DR - darn!!!
@jillmeyers25 3DR did get multiple mentions during my quest though - photos, details on the Aero, etc.
Thank you for this reporting, Lisa -- very informative and helpful in understanding this emerging technology and industry. Gratifying to see that the industry itself recognizes the very serious pitfalls in using this technology, viz crashes and privacy breaches. Not to mention the ethics of making warfare even easier and more remote.