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.