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JITI 2016 Drone Seminar 

Strategies on Drone Application in the Transportation Sector

March 3rd 2016

The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C.

1150 22nd St NW, Washington, D.C.

With substantial technological development in recent years, the applications of drones (or Unmanned Aircraft System: UAS) has grown in various areas in the United States and elsewhere. Some suggest the growth of drone-driven business sectors will generate a 12 billion dollar market in the next 10 years.


Expedited delivery services and deliveries in remote area through the use of drones are gaining more attention, as well as the incorporation of drones into daily maintenance and inspections by railroad operators and in other areas relating to the public and private sectors. This signifies the positive impact and future contribution of drones in promoting the convenience and safety for the greater public.


On the other hand, drones have been reported to be found on the roof of the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office, as well as in and around the White House.  As these incidents have sparked discussion around security and privacy, voices seeking for stronger enforcement of drone operations have become more evident. In the US, the federal government, as well as state and local governments, have implemented, or are considering implementing, various regulations pertaining to drone operation.  Similarly, in Japan, a reform bill was recently passed to regulate the operation of drones in certain airspace.


This seminar called for a discussion among drone manufactures, enforcement agencies, and the transportation sector about the depth and breadth of future drone development. The discussion led to an examination of potential strategies to enable innovative and convenient commercial services to consumers via drones, while maintaining the safety and security of national airspace. 



Opening Remarks

Makoto Washizu

President JITI USA

Keynote Speeches

Akira Sato

Senior Manager, Yamaha Co., Ltd.

Tomoyuki Izu

President, enRoute Co., Ltd.

Baptiste Tripard

Managing Director, senseFly

Travis Mason

Public Policy and Gov't Affairs, Google

Chris Swider

​Manager of Research and Development, FAA

Panel Discussion

Greg Walden

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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