It’s interesting to watch the drone industry mature. Similar to the Internet, the drone industry is filled with start-up companies and new ones are being launched on a regular basis. Startup companies like DroniCar in Yorktown, Virginia are trying to leverage drone technologies are core elements of their business models. For example, DroniCar believes large, airship drones can be used for advertising purposes.
As Federal Aviation Administration policy began opening the doors for commercial drones, Park, who lives in Tabb, said he and three partners launched DroniCar in September with the firm moving into the Ocean Storage building near Route 17 and Coventry Boulevard in December.
DroniCar plans to target the advertising market first with plans to show a 20-foot drone airship prototype at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s “Xponential” expo in Dallas in May, he said. The firm can customize and design drones for clients and plans to launch a marketplace for specialty drones and drone parts and components that the firm’s staff can help make user-ready, Park said.
About Yorktown, Virginia
Yorktown is a census-designated place (CDP) in York County, Virginia, United States. It is the county seat of York County, one of the eight original shires formed in colonial Virginia in 1682. Yorktown’s population was 195 as of the 2010 census, while York County’s population was 66,134 in the 2011 census estimate.
The town is most famous as the site of the siege and subsequent surrender of General Cornwallis to General George Washington and the French Fleet during the American Revolutionary War on October 19, 1781. Although the war would last for another year, this British defeat at Yorktown effectively ended the war. Yorktown also figured prominently in the American Civil War (1861–1865), serving as a major port to supply both northern and southern towns, depending upon who held Yorktown at the time.