Drones in America is your go-to B2B drone podcast, presented by MarketScale. Your host, Grant Guillot, leads the unmanned aircraft systems practice team for the law firm of Adams & Reese. Every Wednesday, he chats with leaders, influencers, and experts who are impacting the rapidly growing commercial drone industry in the United States to help us through the complex web of technology and policy.
What 3 Trends Are Driving Q4 in the Drone Industry?
*3 Trends Driving the Drone Industry Right Now:*
* Increased Hardware Competition Signals Market Shift
* Rising Global Tensions and Move Toward Dual-Use
* Improving Autonomy and Shifting Regulations
DroneUp Announces Partnership with Walmart to Deliver Covid Tests by Drone
DroneUp just announced a partnership with Walmart ( https://www.walmart.com/ ) and Quest Diagnostics ( https://www.questdiagnostics.com/home/ ) to deliver at-home COVID-19 ( https://marketscale.com/industries/software-and-technology/how-drone-companies-can-thrive-in-the-face-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-drones-in-america/ ) self-collection kits. Walmart has already been experimenting with with the practicality of drone delivery for select grocery and household essential items, but has not advanced past the trial stage. Delivering COVID-19 tests is not only a highly relevant need in our society, but would be a big step forward in analyzing the efficiency of drones in deliveries.
Shaping Public Perception of Drones
According to Miriam McNabb ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/miriammcnabb/ ) , CEO at JobForDrones ( https://www.jobfordrones.com/ ) and Contributing Editor at DRONELIFE ( https://dronelife.com/ ) , drones are stepping in when humans really need to step away for their health and safety. She explained that drone technology has really allowed certain workspaces, such as industrial sites ( https://marketscale.com/industries/software-and-technology/will-easing-restrictions-of-flights-over-people-increase-uav-use-in-construction/ ) and mining sites ( https://marketscale.com/industries/software-and-technology/what-does-it-mean-to-implement-autonomous-drones-drones-in-america/ ) , to keep functioning with fewer people on the ground and more distance between them.
Will Easing Restrictions of Flights Over People Increase UAV Use in Construction?
Brasfield & Gorrie is a general contracting firm, making Hittie uniquely qualified to touch on the subject of this episode – how the potential lessening of regulations surrounding the use of drones and UAVs over people could impact the construction industry.
Hittie has experienced the benefits of drones in data collection firsthand, which led him toward a career in drones and eventually to Brasfield & Gorrie.
Taking Flight with the Commercial UAV Expo
Grant Guillot ( https://marketscale.com/industries/contributors/grant-j-guillot/ ) , host of Drones in America ( https://marketscale.com/industries/podcast-network/drones-in-america/ ) , was joined by Lisa Murray ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-murray-49844a9/ ) , Linda McLaughlin ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/linda-mclaughlin-boston/ ) , and Lee Corkhill ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/lee-corkhill-95a1a55/ ) of Diversified Communications to preview this year’s Commercial UAV Expo ( https://www.expouav.com/ ).
With the global pandemic present, many events have been postponed or cancelled. The Commercial UAV Expo ( https://www.expouav.com/ ) has opted to take the event virtual.
“It’s been challenging. It’s been interesting. It’s kind of exciting” said Murray, Group Director.. The overall goals of delivering excellent content to expo visitors, providing a platform for companies to showcase their innovations, and being a premier networking event have remained the same. How the content is delivered is the main difference.
How a Ban on Foreign Drones Would Cripple the Industry
On this episode of Drones in America ( https://marketscale.com/industries/podcast-network/drones-in-america/ ) , host Grant Guillot ( https://marketscale.com/industries/contributors/grant-j-guillot/ ) was joined by Brenden Schulman ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendanschulman/ ) , Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs at DJI ( https://www.dji.com/ ).
DJI, headquartered in Shenzhen, China, ( https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/China-tech/China-s-manufacturing-hub-Shenzhen-gets-an-overhaul ) is an industry leader, providing flying and stabilization systems and more than make image capture via drone simpler and more effective.
Schulman and Guillot dove into new use cases for drones created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the shifting landscape of the public’s perception of drones, and more, though a majority of the duo’s discussion centered around a key topic – what role do foreign-made drones play in the American drone industry?
It’s a key consideration, particularly in light of growing concerns ( https://www.commercialdroneprofessional.com/dji-data-security-statement-follows-responds-to-researcher-reports/ ) about foreign powers, notably China, gaining access to sensitive American data.
Wealth of Up to Date Information
Grant has grown immensely since starting this podcast. He is bringing in great guests and asking probing questions, while also bring some lighthearted topics to the conversation. If you are looking to stay in the know, this is a great show.
Updates on when your expecting to release a new podcast would be great! Gives the listeners something to follow.