According to Helen Greiner, founder of drone maker CyPhy Works and iRobot believe drone delivery isn’t far away. In a recent TechCrunch article, “Drones Will Deliver Your Pizza, And Much Much More,” writer Jon Russell talks about a recent interview that Helen did with Frederic Lardinois at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco. In her interview, Helen makes it clear that the FAA is preventing drone delivery services, not the technology.
Drones will deliver your pizza in the future. That was one of the tastiest takeaways from TechCrunch writer Frederic Lardinois‘ interview with Helen Greiner, the founder of drone maker CyPhy Works, at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco today.
Ok, drones delivering pizza, or any other kind of goods, isn’t necessary a new concept —Amazon is among the many testing autonomous delivery vehicles — but Greiner, who graduated MIT and spent 18 years with her first company, robotics pioneer iRobot, believes it really isn’t far away.
“From a technical point of view, we can do it,[but] it will take regulatory and cultural changes,” she said. “The FAA is right to not allow it today, but more experimentation would be great for the community. [The FAA] has signaled they are open to changing the rules if we can prove it is safe.”
About CyPhy Works
While we love technology, our work begins and ends with people. That understanding is the reason CyPhy exists: to build a team whose sole focus is creating aerial robots that empower people to tackle the problems of tomorrow.
CyPhy Works research starts with humans — we search out places and people where empowering technology is needed. We then scour the market landscape and literature to see what, if any, unutilized research can get us closer to helping those people in need. And if the research isn’t there, we do our own. Once we fully understand the opportunity and how to best address it, we get to work creating transformational technologies.
About Helen Greiner
Helen Greiner commands a presence in the field of robotics. Co-founding iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT) in 1990, Ms. Greiner served as President until 2004 and Chairman until 2008. During her tenure, Ms. Greiner guided iRobot into its position as a global leader with the release of the Roomba™, the PackBot™and SUGV military robots. She built a culture of practical innovation and delivery that led to the deployment of 6,000 PackBots with our troops. In addition, Ms. Greiner headed up iRobot’s financing projects, raising $35M in venture capital for a $75M initial public offering. Greiner holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in computer science, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.