…Sense-and-avoid capability isn’t the only factor holding up integration. Several panelists at a session on Wednesday said regulation is needed, along with some possible technology advances.

NASA is working on an unmanned traffic management system for small UAS, along with partners, including Intel, Amazon, Google,
Ascending Technologies and many others.

Intel’s Peter Cleveland, vice president of the law and policy group, said latency is a potential problem. Consumer drones can take a couple of seconds or more to regain a lost link, but that won’t be acceptable in commercial use.

However, Google’s Dave Vos, who heads Google[x]’s Project Wing drone delivery system, said there really aren’t any technical issues
standing in the way of commercial use. “We just need to do it.” He said latency issues could be mitigated by making communications a “non-critical link,” so drones would be more autonomous. They will also need to communicate their location at all times, which will help in avoiding collisions.

Short article primarily focused on Intel and Qualcomm capabilities but I thought that this last bit was interesting.


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