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Reno becomes new test site for the safety use of drones

Reno becomes new test site for the safety use of drones

by News 4 & Fox 11 Digital Team

RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The City of Reno is at the forefront of finding the most effective ways to utilize drone technology in urban environments.

Today, the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems tested a new state-of-the-art drone platform that allows for detailed inspection and surveying of terrain.

System Operators say this is a crucial piece of technology when it comes to deploying drones for things like search and rescue, and life-saving defibrillators.

“This is a truly exciting time for the City of Reno and all of our UAS partners,” Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said. “We are thrilled that international drone manufacturing company DJI has joined this expansive collaboration to help us test the next evolution of this technology. We urge our Reno area residents to visit to learn more and continue to offer input on our UAS programs.”

In 2013, the FAA chose Nevada as one of six designated urban air mobility test sites. The FAA created the test sites to encourage the integration of drones into air traffic systems.

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