CES AeroCars show that they will be flying/driving soon-MUCH needs to be done NOW

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THE GLOBAL STAGE FOR INNOVATION

Awesome AeroCars displayed

Disruptive Technology poses Regulatory Implementation Challengers

 

CES is the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innova

tors and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers.

 

CES is a global event at which leading technology companies present their newest, most innovative products and technologies in this sector. Four thousand plus exhibitors attract 180,000 attendees and all of the major media outlets. Televisions, computers, cellphones, virtual reality, applications for the entertainment industry, digital currency, GPS applications and entrepreneurial endeavors beyond normal imagination are the normal wares shown in the 2.6 million net square feet of the exhibition halls.


CES 2017 was highlighted by drones news, including an important UAS  speech by Administrator Huerta.

CES 2018 is a forum for larger aerial vehicles—Autonomous Aerial vehicles and Pilot/Driver Controlled AeroCars (not all of these were the first announcements and/or demonstrations):

 

 

·        COME FLY WITH ME–SureFlySureFly

 

 

 

 

 

·       EHANG184, world’s first Autonomous Aerial Vehicle

 

ehang

There may have been other announcements at CES; so here is a video review of 7 entries in this sphere. Airbus was not at CES; so here is a separate story on its aerial vehicle.

 

Aviation innovation is exciting, and these vehicles pose incredible market opportunities. These disruptive technologies pose challenges to the FAA, state and local authorities. Much must be done now to prepare the rules for approving these aircraft/cars for safety, licensing the pilots/drivers, establishing the boundaries of jurisdiction between all of the governments, creating the infrastructure (navigation/control, depart/arrive facilities) and plan for the future.

Here are a few initial thoughts on these issues:

CES is a place of innovation and vision. The 2018 event made it clear that AeroCars are real and will be operating on roads/air soon. While that may be market reality, someone must begin designing the systems needed to assure safety.  To paraphrase Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

Robert Frost

 



 

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