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Making The Case For Drones In Commercial Markets

One to remember and a very interesting panel discussion that took place during Disrupt London 2015
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Today at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015, the CEOs of Sky Futures, Verifly and Airware took the stage with TechCrunch writer Frederic Lardinois in an attempt to explain how drones can be used other than for taking selfies. But, before that can happen, common sense regulation is needed, the panel argued.

Chris Blackford of SkyFutures stated that his company, which provides drone solutions for monitoring oil pipelines, faces generational challenges in getting big companies to transition to using, what he said, are basically flying robots. His company spends a lot of time educating users. It’s an easy win with younger generations.

Jay Bregman of Verifly explained that the drone market is still dominated by consumer drones and even those that are accredited to fly commercially often purchase drones intended for consumers like those sold by DJI.

Regulations still pose a major challenge. France has a great model, Buddy Michini of Airware said, pointing to the common sense regulation that the US largely mirrored in the creation of its upcoming regulation.

 “In the US you don’t have to register your guns, but you will have to register your drones,” noted Lardinois.

Bregman pointed to automotive history when arguing for drone regulation. He pointed out that regulation and mandatory insurance grew out of a rise of accidents, which stuck victims with the bill. And as the drone market will grow exceptionally over the next few years, the market will require similar practices.

Registration will give owners a sense of responsibility, said Blackford. “It’s the first step,” Bregman added, giving the example that if a drone crashes into a person’s yard and causes damage, they could give the drone to the police.

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DJI Teams Up With Canonical To Launch Embedded Computer For Drones

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Drone manufacturer DJI and Canonical, the corporate entity behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, today announced the launch of Manifold, a small embedded computer that’s optimized for building applications for drones.

The Manifold only fits on top of DJI’s Matrice 100 platform, so don’t expect to put this one on your phantom drone. The $3,300 Matrice 100 is essentially DJI’s flying developer platform, with the ability to carry hardware like the Manifold and customizable sensors. Continue reading

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Techcrunch Interviews Helen Greiner CEO of CyPhy Works

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Drones will deliver your pizza in the future. That was one of the tastiest takeaways from TechCrunch writer Frederic Lardinois‘ interview with Helen Greiner, the founder of drone maker CyPhy Works, at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco today.

Ok, drones delivering pizza, or any other kind of goods, isn’t necessary a new concept —Amazon is among the many testing autonomous delivery vehicles — but Greiner, who graduated MIT and spent 18 years with her first company, robotics pioneer iRobot, believes it really isn’t far away.

“From a technical point of view, we can do it, [but] it will take regulatory and cultural changes,” she said. “The FAA is right to not allow it today, but more experimentation would be great for the community. [The FAA] has signaled they are open to changing the rules if we can prove it is safe.”

Greiner has an interesting take on exactly what our future robotic couriers will look like. That’s because CyPhy Works newest drone has a very different design to the rest of the market. (And it’s a fairly crowded and competitive market.)

CyPhy Works Wants to Be the Boeing of Drones. See the full video interview here.