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Drone air traffic control wants to tame the skyTens of thousands of drones take off every day and managing airspace can be difficult. AirMap and Dedrone are two companies trying to make sense of the skies.
[NOISE] Tens of thousands of drones take flight every day. And in the near future there could be millions taking pictures, helping rescuers. Delivering orders and maybe even delivering us. Without lanes of traffic lights in the sky, the air space is going to get crowded. We've already seen airports come to it's standstill and people get injured because of bad drone activity. Turns out we need air traffic control for drones and that's what Airmap aims to be. The Southern California based does not create the map in the sky, like the name can suggest,instead, it constantly takes in weather, terrain and traffic and regulatory data from a variety of sources. Including the FAA, the National Park Service and Emergency Dispatch. This is really an index of what's happening in realtime in 3D Three dimensions. AirMap shows everything, from the locations of prisons and schools, to temporary flight restrictions over Dodger Stadium, or even a wildfire. Major drone makers like DGI, Unique, and 3D Robotics, use the information to remotely keep their drones out of harm's way. For geofencing to keep drones from flying into unsafe airspace. Airmap is used by 130 airports across the US including LAX and Houston. Airports can get notice of nearby drone flights and communicate with those drone pilots. All of that red area, there should really never be drones flights. Because there's so many manned air traffic there. Drone pilots voluntarily register with Airmap and submit a flight plan. Basic dynamic data on the map like first responder activity and any warnings before taking off. There is always a way to get in contact with the others in any kind of emergency situation. But not every drone flight has good intentions or registers with airmap. D join is a private service that let's governments, big corporations and stadiums monitor their airspace. To use Dedrone system, unique ground based hardware including RF sensor and video camera. And that's being used to pick up video of the drone flying. It's being sent back down stairs into our software. That software works out if the flying object is a drone or a bird, by matching its characteristics against a, so called, DNA database. Drones fly in a. Pretty different manner than say a bird or an airplane>>Once the system detects the drone the user can decide to deploy security measures. Things may be even trickier in the future when drones are flying autonomously delivering packages and people>>Our capabilities that we've developed to drones apply just the same to flying cars>>Its a future that's turning highways into skyways. In Santa Monica, Lexy Savvides, CNET. COM for CBS News. [SOUND]