The companies are going to attend at NASA-sponsored conference next week to hash out their plans. If there are thousands of low-altitude drones flying over cities, there has to be a system that ensures they don’t run into each other.
Dave Vos, the head of Google’s drone delivery experiment, Project Wing, imagines a day in the near future where drones might be able to reduce pollution in urban areas by taking traffic off the streets. According to Vos, the key to any air-traffic control system is that all participants must reliably identify where and what they are.
Verizon’s involved because there’s a distinct possibility that cellular networks can be adapted for drone monitoring.