>> The drone which doesn't need a human hand to fly. Israeli company Airobotics claiming it's made history. I'm Reuters Elana Ringler at Airobotics test facility in central Israel. This drone behind me is the first fully automated drone in the world to be certified to fly without a human pilot.
Its system is already at use in industrial facilities and in the future, the company hopes to fly it in rescue missions in urban environments as well. Without a need for a pilot, no person has to be certified to operate the system. Israel's civil aviation authority clearing it for lift off.
>> It flies itself, it's completely automatic. And the best metaphor I can give is, if tomorrow somebody gets that same certification to operate an autonomous car with no driver, it's huge.>> The 7.5 kilogram quadcopter is called Optimus. It's capable of carrying a one kilogram payload at 36 kilometers per hour for 30 minutes.
The system takes off, flies, and lands pre-scheduled missions or missions on-demand. It's comprised of three components, the drone, cloud-based software, and a docking station.>> The purpose of the drone is to carry the sensor or the payload as we call it, to the destination collecting data. The goal of the docking station is to house the drone in a weather-proof way to give it new energy source, and to swap out the payloads depending on the mission.
>> Several industrial enterprises already used the drones with plans to continue rolling them out. There's even talk of mapping the sky, using navigation programs like Waze, to plan their roots, especially if the drones are eventually used for emergency response missions and cities. One big challenge will be how to avoid colliding with other aircrafts or drones.
Aerobotics imagining a sky eventually packed with quad copters.