Why “My Other Vehicle is Unmanned”?

By Paul Parkinson

You are probably wondering why I’ve given my blog such a strange title. It’s a tribute to a bumper sticker which I was given at a Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) conference organised by
AUVSI.  Although the reference to UAVs is mildly amusing, it makes the serious point that unmanned systems are becoming more and more pervasive.

Unmanned Systems (Wikipedia:
UAVs)
is an area of great interest to me because it is currently experiencing rapid growth  which is extending beyond military programmes to also include paramilitary and civil applications such as border patrol and search & rescue. These programmes face a number of technological challenges, which I intend to discuss in time. I’m also intrigued by the tension between technical developments and their regulatory challenges.

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