Drone firms have Triad in sight

AP Drones at HomeThe drone industry has its sights set on Winston-Salem and Greensboro, according to executives in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, equipped with sophisticated eye-in-the-sky technologies.

First, however, the state General Assembly must hash out regulations that protect privacy and guard against possible abuses by law enforcement, according to civil-liberties groups, industry executives and state lawmakers.

With regulations in place, then companies in this burgeoning industry – estimated to balloon to $300 billion within a decade – will migrate to North Carolina because the state has ideal terrain and an educated workforce for research and development, said Ted Lindsley, the CEO of Olaeris, a company that specializes in unmanned aerial systems, or UAS – the technology that, affixed to unmanned aircraft, captures images.

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