Drones Take Off in Silicon Valley :
"Using the analogy of the personal computer industry, Chris Dixon, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, said Airware is “sort of the Windows layer to drones,” while actual drone makers are akin to Dell, Hewlett-Packard and others. Mr. Dixon envisions Airware’s technology being used by other parties to develop applications — one for farmers, say, that helps inspect crops for more efficient use of water and fertilizer.
For-profit uses of drones in the United States isn’t technically legal yet, but that will change soon. Last year, Congress ordered the Federal Aviation Administration to figure out how to integrate drones into domestic airspace safely by 2015. The growing interest in the technology, especially from law enforcement agencies, which have already begun using drones in some cases, has prompted heated debates about the privacy implications of flying surveillance cameras."
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