The federal government is finally embracing drones. This week, the FAA endorsed 10 pilot projects that will see UAVs delivering medicine, inspecting infrastructure, monitor the border, and more. “This tech is developing so rapidly that our country is reaching a tipping point,” said Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, when announcing the trials. Depending on the results, the little buzzers could become even more common than the mosquitos some of them are being programmed to help eradicate.
So it’s natural for drone operators to start thinking ahead to the next big leap: carrying people. Uber continued its efforts to cement itself at the center of this fledgling industry this week with its two-day Uber Elevate Summit. Nearly 1,000 attendees from academia, industry, and government gathered in Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center to discuss how to make flying taxis a reality.
Among them was the FAA. Unlike the other participants, who were all gung-ho about the