Design prototypes for a drone made to help in humanitarian aid and agriculture #CES2016

From the Ehang human-carrying drone to Yuneec’s photo drone to the Lily Camera, drones took center stage at CES in 2016, as they did in 2015 and the year before. One company that impressed PSFK was Seattle-based Autel Robotics, creators of a first-of-its-kind drone designed specifically for humanitarian and agricultural purposes.

Before you read on, flash back to the opening of Interstellar when Matthew McConaughey takes down a drone with his two children in order to leverage the technology inside. The drone—sleek, black and similar to a missile—was etched into your mind. You wanted to know what it did. Well, that drone, used for land survey, could very well have been Autel Robotic’s Kestrel prototype, a fixed-wing UAV developed through a partnership project with Quantum Systems and Technische Universität München.

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