President Trump hosted a White House meeting with a group of industry leaders, including George Mathew, CEO of Menlo Park commercial drone company Kespry.
Drone CEOs left the White House feeling bullish after meeting with POTUS and senior administration officials where, in the words of one of those present, “[we got] a voice with the new administration to discuss commercial drone regulations, where we saw needs, and where progress could be made."
Thursday’s meeting, organized by Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios, also touched on the state of commercial drone technology and a road map for the future of commercial drones.
Drone makers argued that the administration should move faster to approve broader commercial use of drones.
Gabriel Dobbs, vice president of business development at Kespry drones, discusses President Trump’s meeting with drone executives at the White House on Thursday. He speaks with Amy Morris and Ros Krasny on Bloomberg Radio’s "Politics, Policy and Power."
The White House will host executives and investors on Thursday for sessions on emerging technology like drones, 5G wireless and the Internet of Things.
One of the sessions will feature a demonstration of Kespry’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and how it is used for industrial applications.
In the final event of the White House’s “tech week,” the president cradled a four-propeller flying robot, engaged in a demonstration on 5G internet, and discussed how the government can better regulate and encourage investments in companies building drones, connected devices and web infrastructure.