Image a concern for drone developers, operators


WARM SPRINGS, Ore. — If there’s a future in drone-related business, the unmanned aircraft are going to need an image makeover. That’s what several attendees said at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference this week in Warm Springs, Oregon.

Lawrence Dennis showed off his Phase One Mapping Helicopter to about a dozen conference participants Thursday. He works for Portland’s Aerial Technology International flying the unmanned helicopter to survey homes and farms.Dennis told the crowd the public’s fears about drones are relevant, but unfounded. He said it’s up to the industry to change the public’s perception.”We have to inform our fellow citizens around us about what this technology really does,” said Dennis.

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