2016 News Highlights

Drone industry takes off as home delivery gets closer

The largest drone convention of its kind is underway and with the industry exploding like never before, one company is predicting “drone delivery” could be ready much sooner than you think. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez reports from New Orleans.


News Coverage Highlights

Ars Technica: Ars explores AUVSI’s Xponential conference—the biggest “unmanned” show on Earth. At the "drone prom," robots that fly, roll, and swim get a chance to dance. By Sean Gallagher and Nathan Mattise, May 8, 2016

Associations Now: More than 8,000 unmanned systems and robotics leaders from around the world will be in New Orleans in a few days for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s XPONENTIAL 2016 to increase their knowledge about the future of industry policy and regulation, network with peers, and get a look at the latest technology. By Samantha Whitehorne, April 28, 2016

Drone Life: The Startup Showdown at AUVSI’s Xponential show next week is the drone world’s version of Shark Tank – with serious results for the winners. By Miriam McNabb, April 27, 2016

Drone Radio Show: On May 2, more than 8,000 drone industry leaders will converge in New Orleans for Xponential 2016, the #1 show for the unmanned systems market. The show will feature more than 180 speakers, 335 educational sessions and 25 focused tracks to ensure you’ll find cutting-edge education on the topics you consider the highest priority. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Brian Wynne, President and CEO of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International talks about Xponential 2016 and why we should be at this year’s show.

Fox News: Imagine all of today’s latest drone technology in one room: pizza delivery bots, warheads, aircrafts. That's Xponential 2016, a conference in New Orleans, in a nutshell. The event plays host to more than 8,000 innovators and experts from 55 countries, as well as leaders such as FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Gur Kimchi, co-founder and vice president of Amazon Prime Air. By Lindsay Friedman, May 5, 2016

GPS World: The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) hosted another big UAV show this month. Renamed Xponential, to denote the rapid growth in unmanned systems, the May 2-5 gathering in New Orleans was up to its billing — with 8,000 attendees from 55 countries, and 650 exhibitors. By Tony Murfin, May 18, 2016

iTech Post: Unmanned aircraft systems may become regulars in aiding people's lives. Drones, as they are famously called, would be the one of the highlights in this year's Xponential 2016 convention. Robotics experts and drone creators would be gathering in one of the biggest conventions of the year in the city of New Orleans, reports NBC News. An estimated 55 countries would be participating in the said event, from farming to oil and gas, even national security. By Catherin Lue, May 5, 2016

NBC News: From fighting fires to delivering pizza, unmanned aircraft systems — better known as drones — may soon be making their way into our lives one flight at a time. This week, innovators and experts in the robotics and drone world will touch down in New Orleans for Xponential 2016, the largest convention of its kind. The annual event brings together executives and drone leaders from 55 countries, representing industries from oil and gas to farming and national defense. By Gabe Gutierrez and Lucy Bayly, May 3, 2016

Shephard Media: Unmanned Vehicles editor Richard Thomas gives us a sneak peak of the AUVSI Xponential show floor, this year being held in New Orleans. By Grant Turnbull and Richard Thomas, May 2, 2016

UAS Magazine: AUVSI’s annual event never disappoints and we are excited to learn, listen and write stories about all things UAS while we are there. Like last year, our schedules are already packed with company’s setting aside devoted time to tell us about their newest offerings or place in the always emerging UAS industry. By Luke Geiver, April 28, 2016

WGNO: If you see strange objects flying overhead at the Convention Center this week, fear not. There’s a really cool convention in town. The Xponential 2016 Convention is all about unmanned systems, also known as drones. But these aren’t the drones your neighbor flies in the back yard. They’re professional drones used by the military, law enforcement, researchers and more. By Heather Miller, May 3, 2016

WWL: Are you ready for drone aircraft whizzing through the skies, driverless cars and other unmanned vehicles? That's the focus of a convention in New Orleans this week. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is meeting at the Morial Convention Center, discussing drones that operate on land, sea and air. By Chris Miller, May 3, 2016


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