The drone madness of CES 2016 – From mini-drones for air taxi




Drones have for years been a fixture at CES. In nets protected zones showcase companies like Parrot and DJI recent years their quadcopters, hexacopters and other types of flying machines. In recent years we mostly saw progress in the quality of the included cameras, complexity and capabilities of the remote control and the “intelligence” of the software.

This year everything seems to have gained momentum. No longer is it a handful of large companies that showcase their drones; the South Hall of the Convention Center in Las Vegas seemed almost exclusively for drone manufacturers are reserved. The majority comes from Asia and has only recently become active in the market for consumer drones. Often it comes to companies that have experience in the commercial and military sectors and the potential money have smelled the consumer market.

We also see this year many different kinds of drones and also striking that big names want a piece of the pie. As introduced chipmaker Qualcomm a new platform for smarter making drones, based on his mobile Snapdragon SOCs, Intel demonstrated a drone Yuneec that can avoid obstacles and showed Parrot see a drone in the shape of an airplane that can fly completely autonomously. The pinnacle of the event was to be the Ehang 184, a gigantic drone where you can take in place and that you have to fly autonomously to your final destination.


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