Last week, we proudly announced the addition of Chief Technology Officer Daniel Rubio to the AirCrew.

This week, CEO Ben Marcus sat down with Daniel in a fireside chat to discuss his background in autonomous vehicles as CTO at HERE, and his vision for a future in which drones are like smartphones with motors and propellers, drones perceive computational airspace maps through the eyes that they are given, and drones, not cars, are the future of autonomous navigation.

“Drone technology has been open-sourced, inexpensive, and accessible from the very beginning,” said Rubio. “That is very special because, without legacy infrastructure, drones will proliferate more profoundly than any other device we’ve seen.”

Watch their fireside below: