The UTM Convention 2016 and HiddenGenius.com have partnered to launch a $15,000 technology competition that demonstrates drone sense-and-avoid (SAA) technologies.
The competition will be held on Nov. 9 in conjunction with UTM Convention 2016, located at the Oncenter in Syracuse, N.Y.
The event will lead into a bigger competition with a much larger prize for tackling the critical challenge of drones’ sensing and avoiding low-flying aircraft.
NASA is leading the research and development of UTM (UAS Traffic Management), and many SAA approaches are under development to address this technology hurdle.
“Many companies and organizations are working on SAA, but there is real power in demonstrating it in an open competition and building public trust,” notes Trevor McKeeman, CEO of HiddenGenius.
He adds, “We won’t see widespread drone package delivery or flying commercially beyond line of sight without it.”