This week on the east coast, top tech entrepreneurs, investors, and hackers are discussing what’s top of mind in disruptive technology at TechCrunch’s Disrupt 2016 in New York City.
Yesterday, Union Square Ventures co-founder Fred Wilson sat down with TechCrunch writer Jordan Crook to discuss his optimistic outlook for New York City’s tech scene. Still, he did manage to shout-out to a certain West coast start-up.
“I think drones are evolving quickly, maybe more quickly than some areas of robotics, because unlike self-driving cars, for the most part drones don’t need to navigate a physical space that’s already very crowded,” Wilson said. “Now there are issues with drones intersecting with commercial airspace and things like that that are legitimately scary.”
“Or each other, when that becomes crowded,” Crook posed. “Eventually the skies will be just as crowded as the streets, no?”
“Yeah but there’s technology. There’s a company in LA called AirMap that makes geospatial data mapping software and systems that go into the leading drones and essentially make it so that you can’t pilot a drone anywhere near an airport or something like that. So the drone manufacturers and the industry are already starting to build software and systems to protect amateurs or even professional drone pilots from flying them in places they shouldn’t be flying them.” So I think the market will come up with solutions to deal with some of those issues. But I think that the applications for drones are amazing.”
AirMap is building the ecosystem for airspace intelligence and communication systems between airspace stakeholders, like airports, and drone operators. As part of this ecosystem, AirMap’s technology is integrated with the leading drone manufacturers DJI, 3DRobotics, and Yuneec. Last fall, DJI announced a new geofencing system called GEO that is powered by AirMap’s dynamic, real-time airspace information.
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