by Brian Krzanich, Chief Executive Officer
At Intel, we believe that drones can be used to support cutting-edge research, create new jobs and industries, and most importantly, improve people’s lives. That is why I spoke earlier today at a White House event on the future of drone technology. My visit to the White House is part of our efforts with stakeholders from industry, government and academia to make the promise of drone technology a reality.
I was particularly honored to share the podium with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta at the event, which was hosted by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Both officials have made great strides in advancing the drone industry in the United States.
Intel has been investing in a comprehensive roadmap of technology solutions to enable safe, robust and reliable drones. We are also working with many industry partners to create a robust ecosystem made up of hardware, services and standards. This ecosystem will work together to bring safe, scalable, and viable solutions that are cost-effective, to drive solutions to real-world problems.
The final piece of the puzzle to unleash the future possibility of drone technology is leadership in policy and regulation. The FAA has already made great strides to help realize the enormous potential of drone operations. Future work on regulations enabling operations higher than 400 feet, operations over people, and multiple devices flown by a single operator are all examples of policies that could help to move this technology forward.
During today’s workshop, we discussed policy solutions for assuring consumers how drone technology and data will be used in responsible, safe, and privacy-friendly ways, which is key to creating trust across the marketplace and our ability to realize the promise of drone technology. Policy innovation, including NTIA’s drone privacy guidance developed through a multi-stakeholder process and the FCC’s recent allocation of spectrum to 5G, will further enable drones to become intelligent, connected devices that have the potential to positively transform countless industries in the future.
After today’s White House meeting, I am optimistic in our ability – with both public and private sectors working together – to ensure the United States remains a leader in innovation, and I can’t wait to see the future ahead.