Amazon and Google Battle for Drone Supremacy

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Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Michael Toscano, president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, discusses Amazon's battle against Google for drone supremacy and weighs in on the commercial drone controversy. He speaks with Pimm Fox on "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)

Amazon to a new level, into the skies.

The search giant is testing a delivery drone force.

Google is calling it project wing.

Joining me is michael tusk on oh -- michael toscano, the president of unmanned vehicle systems international.

How significant is this move by google to get into the air?

This is another example of how serious the tech world is about utilizing unmanned systems to do the two things they do very well.

One is situational awareness.

The other is delivery.

What does this mean for the industry, other than large orders for drones from google?

For these big tech companies to get into this field and put their best foot forward means they understand the challenges facing the aviation world.

It is all about safety when you are using unmanned aerial vehicles.

This is a case where they understand that anything that flies in the national or global airspace has to detect and avoid anything else in the national airspace or global airspace.

We have got to believe they understand that and are going to work on the technology necessary to bring that to fruition.

It cannot fall out of the national airspace and do any harm.

As long as there is another company -- i hear sony is getting interested in having unmanned aircraft vehicles as well.

Are they also going to be working on lawmakers in washington, d.c. to come up with consistent policy when it comes to governing airspace for unmanned vehicles?

Pimm, as many people recognize, the technology has outpaced the regulatory.

It is around the world.

We have got to determine what are the right regulations that will allow for the utilization of this technology.

The other factor you have here is there is a wide spectrum from the very large to those that weigh less than five pounds.

You have to look at not just one regulatory law will fix everything, but you have to look at it on a case to case basis.

You can contend that things that weigh less than five pounds don't need to be regulated at all.

What would prevent another company from somehow hacking into the system of a drone force operated by amazon or google and actually taking over control of that drone?

That's a very big concern.

That is a concern we have with computers, with cars that have computers.

Anything that has an electrical system in it, you run the risk.

Secure wireless is going to be key for any system that we have.

This one happens to be flying in the air.

As far as the actual computer technology that governs these kinds of unmanned systems, who is the leader in producing them?

Is a very interesting question.

There's a lot of manufacturers out there.

The number being shipped on a monthly basis is something over 18,000 are being shipped every month, which is over 215,000 every year.

People are buying these systems.

Obviously you have dgi phantoms, the parrot drones, a lot of systems that are the favorite ones.

If you go onto amazon, google, even facebook, you will see a wide variety of different platforms that are available.

They operate from having six wings to to those having rotary wings.

You can have a single helicopter or you can have 12 roto copters.

These drones have photographic capability.

Who then owns the photographs of various geographical areas?

Someone takes a photograph of your backyard.

You just hit the nail on the head.

This is all about big data, the collection, analysis, storage, dissemination and destruction of information.

How do you collect it, whether you did it from a man helicopter -- an umnanned -- unmanned

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