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4 Unmanned technology saw some key safety issues in early 2018, from control systems to batteries to capturing rogue UAVs. While Waymo is starting to offer rides to the public in an unmanned vehicle in Arizona, there are still potential issues with driverless cars and handing over to a safety driver that are being investigated (see page 46). Safety is of course a key consideration in the development of the technology. This is one reason why the first authorised flights of an unmanned air taxi by Kitty Hawk (see page 6) are in New Zealand, where the lower population density minimises the risks of the tests. Similarly there are several approaches being taken to protect people and places from rogue UAVs. Being able to launch a counter-UAV quickly to capture a rogue aircraft is one of these approaches, and is being adopted by Swiss Aerobotics with its Hummel UAV (see page 66). Battery systems are also key to safety in electric vehicles, and many new technologies are being investigated for next-generation energy storage (see page 36). Like an air accident, serious accidents in the USA involving driverless cars are investigated by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Whatever the result of any given NTSB investigation, the focus now will be on improving the safety architectures of unmanned systems as part of the ISO 26262 test process. This marks a fundamental shift as unmanned technology moves out of the research and development laboratory into industrial designs. Nick Flaherty | Technology Editor Safety first April/May 2018 | Unmanned Systems Technology Intro | April/May 2018 Editorial Director Ian Bamsey Assistant Editor Guy Richards Technology Editor Nick Flaherty Contributors Peter Donaldson, Rory Jackson Bianca Villiers Technical Consultants Charlie McCartan Paul Weighell Ian Williams-Wynn Dr Donough Wilson Design Andrew Metcalfe andrew@meticulousdesign.com UST Ad Sales Please direct all enquiries to Simon Moss simon@ust-media.com Subscriptions Jim Cavanagh jim@ust-media.com Publishing Director Simon Moss General Manager Chris Perry Office Administrator Frankie Robins For UST Online please contact: EchoBlue Media Online Publisher Caroline Rees caroline@echobluemedia.com Subscribe today @ www.ust-media.com Editorial opportunities Do you have a strong technical knowledge of one or more aspects of unmanned systems? As we grow we are on the lookout for experts who can contribute to these pages. If that sounds an interesting challenge then don’t hesitate to explore the possibility of writing for us by emailing: ian@ust-media.com Follow that Cab Navya aims to be the first on the stand with a driverless taxi – how was it developed? Packing a punch Existing and emerging battery technologies compared Signals intelligence Overlook early integration of antennas at your peril UST 19 :APRIL/MAY 2018 UK £15,USA$30,EUROPE e 22 Volume Four | Issue Three April/May 2018 High Power Media Limited Whitfield House, Cheddar Road, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4EJ, England Tel: +44 (0)1934 713957 Fax: +44 (0)20 8497 2102 www.highpowermedia.com ISSN 2056-9823 Printed in Great Britain ©High Power Media All rights reserved. Reproduction (in whole or in part) of any article or illustration without the written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. While care is taken to ensure the accuracy of information herein, the publisher can accept no liability for errors or omissions. Nor can responsibility be accepted for the content of any advertisement. US COPIES ONLY Unmanned Systems Technology ISSN No: 2056-9823, is published by High Power Media in England and is distributed in the United States by SPP, 17B S Middlesex Ave, Monroe, NJ 08831. Periodicals postage paid at New Brunswick, NJ. Postmaster please send address changes to: Unmanned Systems Technology, 17B S Middlesex Ave, Monroe, NJ 08831. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are available from High Power Media at the address above or directly from our website. Overseas copies are sent via air mail. UST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS 1 year subscription – 15% discount: UK – £75; Europe – e 125 USA – $150; ROW – £97.50 2 year subscription – 25% discount: UK – £135; Europe – e 225 USA – $270; ROW – £175.50 Make cheques payable to High Power Media. Visa, Mastercard, Amex and UK Maestro accepted. Quote card number and expiry date (also issue/start date for Maestro)