Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Reaching the Tipping Point of a New Revolution in Aviation

The use of drones is growing not just recreationally, but also by law enforcement for bomb detection and evidence gathering and utilities for power line inspections. UPS is also testing them for urgent package delivery. But what might a future in which the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by countless entities, public and private, actually look like? In a live-streamed White House event held Oct. 11 mediated by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, a group of experts sat down to discuss what it might look like and how it will be regulated. Nearly every physical industry is examining and implementing drones. “Its transport, its mining, its construction, its agriculture,” said Helen Greiner, inventor of the Roomba, and CTO and founder of drone company CyPhy Works, adding that drones will be used across industries as a way to make operations more effective and efficient.


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