April 4, 2017 | Israeli startup Airobotics, which has developed a fully automatic drone platform, announced it has received a permit to operate in Israel automated drones without a human operator and without eye contact with the drone. The company said that in the past few days, the Israel Civil Aviation Authority had granted the permit for missions of protection and security for industrial facilities in which the drones can be operated from within special command and control rooms. The Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) was the first in the world to authorize commercial, fully unmanned drone flights in their nation’s airspace.
The system developed by Airobotics is likely to save personnel costs, training for teams in operating the drones, and so on. The computer-based system works according to the varying needs of the party operating it. The system has been tested for the past two years, during which rigorous trials on the drones were conducted mainly in order to test their safety. The trials, during which thousands of flight hours were logged by the company’s drones, were attended by Civil Aviation Authority representatives. Airobotics is a Tel Aviv based company which was co-founded by CEO Ran Krauss and VP R&D Meir Kliner and has over 70 employees.