PrecisionHawk, the Raleigh-based startup that’s quickly emerging as a leader in the booming drone industry, is receiving plenty of publicity White House style today.
The White House office of science and technology is hosting a “Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation” at which PrecisionHawk is unveiling a report as well as new test data on drone safety.
According to the White House, the Bob Young-led startup is unveiling results of a study titled “Pathfinder” that demonstrates “the safety of extended visual line of sight (EVLOS) operations for drones in rural areas.” The range is up to 3 miles.
“EVLOS provides societal benefits through expanded commercial applications and greater flexibility in operations,” the White House notes.
“Under the Pathfinder program, an FAA-led initiative to facilitate the early introduction of low-altitude operations for small, unmanned aircraft systems into the National Airspace System, PrecisionHawk quantified the EVLOS distance at 2-3 nautical miles for non-technology assisted drone operations.”
Here are the key results of the study as published early Tuesday in a blog at PrecisionHawk:
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PrecisionHawk also is releasing data about security for drone operators in conjunction with the Future of Privacy Form and Intel.
The report, titled “Drones and Privacy by Design: Embedding Privacy Enhancing Technology in Unmanned Aircraft,” explains how “leading drone companies are building privacy safeguards into their technologies and services,” the White House notes.
“The report highlights technologies and practices that help drone operators minimize the collection and retention of personal data, obfuscate images of individuals collected from the air, and secure personally identifiable information. The widespread adoption of geo-fencing and other technologies is enabling drones to reduce privacy risks while tackling important, often life-saving missions.”