After four hectic days of panel discussions, presentations, keynote addresses, meetings, box lunches and hurried cappuccinos, Andrew Lucas and Andy Park reported this year’s AUVSI conference (16 – 19 August) as certainly the busiest and hopefully the most rewarding ever.
With 510 exhibitors and 8,000+ regular attendees, AUVSI management confirmed this year’s event broke all their previous records, exhibitor numbers up by about 6% and attendance figures up by about 20%.
Of course these gains reflect the growing interest in all vehicles unmanned. Predator and Global Hawk UAVs are now constantly in the news and Google is testing self-driving Prius hybrids and hosting a US$30M Lunar X Prize competition for unmanned moon rovers.
Exciting times, indeed, for unmanned vehicles and it will only get better.