How Autonomy Will Cement Skydio as the Largest American Drone Company

Both pilots and companies are navigating a thin line between security and innovation. Host Grant Guillot talks with leaders, influencers, and experts across the drone industry to guide us through the complex web of technology and policy in the United States.


Drone use cases continue to expand—signifying there’s a drone for every season. Skydio, the largest American drone manufacturer, is part of this remarkable story. Drones in America host Grant Guillot spoke with Brendan Groves, Head of Regulatory and Policy Affairs, and Mike Ross, Senior Director of Product Management. They discussed company news and how drones are making an impact in many meaningful ways.

One thing that sets Skydio apart is its unique approach to autonomy. “We believe that to make drones more useful; we should make them more intelligent,” Groves said. The company recently announced another successful round of funding, but Groves and Ross are more excited about the leverage that affords the company to serve more customers better.

“Drones reduce risk to human life in dangerous areas. They are also tailor-made to reduce the carbon footprint when compared with using super trucks for infrastructure inspection” – Brendan Groves

Ross shared the latest on the new Skydio X2, which is built for business use. “It builds on the Skydio 2 but at an industrial scale to support defense, emergency responders, and others.” He also spoke about using the X2 in new relationships. “We partnered with Axon, a leader in connected public safety technologies. We’re offering another vantage point to record and seamlessly add to their evidence retention,” he said.

The company also has a new relationship with the U.S. Army for reconnaissance program assistance.

“Drones reduce risk to human life in dangerous areas. They are also tailor-made to reduce the carbon footprint when compared with using super trucks for infrastructure inspection,” Groves noted.

The company’s work with the NC DOT in bridge inspections has already been a huge success for less environmental impact. Economically speaking, drones reduce costs. Groves said, “Jacobs Engineering reported a 75% cost reduction.”

The last priority is equality, which is something Skydio takes seriously, supporting Women in Drones, STEM engagement, and driving entrepreneurship in areas that don’t have access to advanced technology.

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