CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — At Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, a helicopter drone hovers menacingly over a robot vehicle. The vehicle tries to evade the drone, turning right and left — surging forward and backward. Like an angry wasp, the drone swoops back and forth, staying directly in front of the robot — exactly one meter away, one meter off the ground.
And it does it all without a human at the controls. In fact, human hands can’t replicate what the drone does with such precision.
It’s all part of a series of complex experiments to determine whether drones can be safely integrated into already-crowded US airspace, and what they might best be used for.
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com