Coming to a sky near you: Titan Aerospace’s elegant fixed-wing UAVs, gliding through our atmosphere largely unnoticed. Except for those below who benefit from their function, of course. They will join the thousands of satellites that currently float overhead, also unnoticed, surveying land, helping us predict the weather, and performing countless other chores we take for granted every day.
Google’s newsmaking purchase of Titan, confirmed Monday, has served to bring our aerial future into slightly sharper focus. Indeed, we are witnessing automated vehicles of all shapes and sizes beginning to occupy more and more of our airspace and attention. And like all new technology, after the initial novelty they will soon become mundane, as normal to us as the sight of parking meters or the hum of traffic from a city street.