FAA Authorizes Autonomous Drone Without Operator Nearby
You could soon be buying and running your own autonomous drone thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) initial approval of an automated drone that can operate without a human pilot on site. American Robotics announced that it has received FAA approval for its AI-powered drone, which can operate safely even when the operator is not in sight.
Autonomous drones are already being used in applications such as patrolling military bases, but until now there has not been a commercially available drone that flew autonomously.
However, the drones must not be completely freed from humans – a pilot must continue to remotely monitor the operation of the drone. The pilot does not have to be physically present with the drone to operate it, but he does have to keep an eye on it from a distance. That said, there is still a long way to go before fully autonomous commercial drones are available. So don’t start planning your plans to operate autonomous drones just yet.
However, the approval means that American Robotics can sell their remote-controlled drones that can perform complex autonomous maneuvers. They have detection and avoidance capabilities to avoid other aircraft and a self-loading system where they land in a loading and data processing station. The data processing function enables the collection and processing of data about flights, which have almost unlimited uses.
“With these approvals, American Robotics ushers in a new era of widespread automated drone operations,” said Reese Mozer, CEO and co-founder of American Robotics, in a statement. “Decades of promises and projections are finally coming to fruition.
“We are proud to be the first to meet the FAA’s extensive security requirements that previously limited the viability of drones in the commercial sector. We are grateful for the willingness of the FAA to work closely with American Robotics on this precedent approval for the past four years. With these approvals, American Robotics can safely operate our automated scout platform for the benefit of the energy, infrastructure, agriculture, and security industries, tapping the planned commercial drone market of $ 100 billion. “