Intel has made a video showing 100 dancing drones lighting up the sky in Palm Springs, California. It is the first time a single operator has been able to pull off a feat of this scale on U.S. soil.
Intel CEO to head a drone committee
Intel hosted the event mainly to celebrate the FAA’s decision to loosen its standards on flying commercial drones. Ascending Technologies built the UAVs (more commonly known as drones), which were flown during the event in California. Intel acquired the German drone maker earlier this year.
Intel said CEO Brian Krzanich will spearhead a newly formed Drone Advisory Council. The DAC is being created to make a place in which private sector authorities can discuss drones with the government and ease the introduction of drones into the National Airspace System (NAS).
The first chair has already been given to Krzanich by the FAA, and the committee will include higher authorities from airport management, executives from the world of drone manufacturing, and representatives from important government agencies like NASA.
Focus on drones
Earlier this year, the chip maker had a similar event in Germany to showcase its drone-powering technology. Intel received a Guinness World Record for flying 100 drones simultaneously in the sky over Germany. Further, during the CES keynote speech, the company introduced a UAV that could follow a person in real-time.
Such events make it quite clear that the chip making giant is very focused on drones. The world’s largest PC chip maker is giving most of its time and working hard on making chips for connected devices and the Internet of Things. Though the IoT is not really a huge part of Intel’s overall business, management believes there is huge upside.
At this year’s CES, Krzanich stated that drones will replace fireworks. He reiterated the same point in the video as well.
“Our goal is to be able to do this over stadiums, to do this over events that have large populations. We have visions of going from a hundred to a thousand over time,” the CEO said
On Wednesday, Intel shares closed down 0.83% at $29.85. Year to date, the stock is down almost 15%, while in the last year, it is down almost 11%. The stock has a 52-week high of $35.59 and a 52-week low of $24.87. In premarket trading today, the stock was trading up.