Intel CEO to Chair FAA Advisory Panel Regarding Drones
Brian Krzanich has been a huge proponent of drone technology during his three-year tenure as Intel's CEO.
During that time, Krzanich has appeared on stage at a number of shows with drones—powered by Intel chips and featuring the company's RealSense 3D camera technology—buzzing around him, invested in drone companies (Yuneec, PrecisionHawk and Airware), bought a drone software maker (Ascending Technologies) and partnered with other tech giants (AT&T) to test drone capabilities.
The CEO last year said that "at Intel, we believe in a smart and connected world, and one of the best ways to bring that smart and connected world to everyone and everywhere has been drones." He also said that Intel has "drones on our roadmap that will truly change the world and revolutionize the drone industry."
Now Krzanich will have a significant say in the development of federal regulations regarding drones. Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the creation of a broad-based advisory committee addressing integration strategies regarding unmanned aircraft. Krzanich will chair the Drone Advisory Council, whose mission is to bring a broad range of voices into the debate around introducing drones into U.S. airspace, according to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, speaking at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference this week.
Brian Krzanich will run the agency's Drone Advisory Council, which will help develop policies around unmanned aircraft in U.S. skies.
"Input from stakeholders is critical to our ability to achieve that perfect balance between integration and safety," Huerta said in a statement. "We know that our policies and overall regulation of this segment of aviation will be more successful if we have the backing of a strong, diverse coalition."