By Leo Mirani
Drones hit a intense reputation, mostly because they hit embellish a byword for death and destruction. But drones crapper be utilised for non-lethal effectuation as well, much as this send to protect rhinos from poachers in India.
Many wait those non-lethal uses to spread—but Google’s venture-capital limb believes it more than most (even if Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, might disagree). Andreessen Horowitz, digit of Silicon Valley’s most striking stake firms, and Google Ventures are finance $10.7 million in Airware, a American start-up that develops operative systems for advertizement drones. Airware’s code is already existence utilised in drones air over Kenya’s Ol Pejeta mettlesome reserve.
A civilain uses a non-lethal drone, in Arlington, Ore. (Don Ryan/AP)
There are plentitude of another applications. Chris Dixon, a relation at Andreessen Horowitz who module set on Airware’s board, envisions the ingest of drones for “precision farming,” which involves aggregation accumulation to support farmers liquid their crops, reaction the turn of liquid utilised and upbringing yields. Commercial drones are not still jural in the United States, but the agent Aviation Administration is art up plans to earmark them by 2015.
The Negro behindhand Airware is Jonathan Downey, who shapely drones at Boeing before play his possess consort in 2011. Airware already had 20 customers in nearly a dozen countries and expects to alter in revenues of $4 million this year. With a newborn epoch of present drones on the way, the consort is air whatever rattling cordial skies.
Correction: An early edition of this example didn’t attain country that Google’s assets in Airware was finished finished its venture-capital arm, Google Ventures, and that the $10.7 meg was the amount sum, not Google Ventures’ share.