By Dion Nissenbaum and Khalid Khattak
Drone makers from across the globe converged on Washington Tuesday to seek out new frontiers for the controversial technology.
With more than 28 states considering restrictions on use of the unmanned aircraft in their skies, manufacturers are looking to redefine the image of drones – now best known for lethal strikes in Pakistan and Yemen — and expand the market. Drone makers, who prefer the term “unmanned aerial vehicles,” envision using them for a broad array of services, from combating forest fires to delivering pizzas.
The three-day event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center was organized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a Virginia-based advocacy group.