George Jetson meet EHang 184.
Getting around in an “Autonomous Aerial Vehicle” (AAV) was part of the Jetson’s daily routine in the 1960’s cartoon that envisioned the family of the future. The future has finally caught up, with the new drone passenger taxis from EHang in use under a pilot program in Guangzhou, China today.
Drones will get safer and easier to fly every day with things like obstacle detection and collision avoidance sensors and even more precise GPS. And with pilot program successes, regulations will evolve to better match the potential. But in the meantime, there are many uses for drones happening right now. For example:
- Real Estate Photography
- Inspections (Roofs, Ships, Water Tower, Nuclear Power Tanks, Abandoned Mines)
- Law Enforcement and Fire Safety
- Search and Rescue (279 people were saved with drones from January to October 2019)
- Precision Agriculture
- Home Security and Surveillance
- Mapping and more.
Grand Magazine, an online publication for grandparents, interviewed two of RBS Drone Technologies, Inc. founders, Ken Rapier, CEO and Captain Mark Stevenson, CTO, for the lowdown on current and future business uses for drones. Rapier explained how drone deliveries will work (and how video games are perfect training for younger drone pilots). Capt. Stevenson shared why becoming a licensed drone pilot offers the perfect second act career for grandparents.