Linux Foundation Moves Dronecode Project Forward

eWeek (01/12/16) Sean Michael Kerner

The open source Dronecode effort, a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project launched in October 2014, has grown from only a handful of members to 51.  "The to establish a common platform that utilizes open source best practices and technologies to accelerate the adoption of better, more affordable, and more reliable open source software for [unmanned aerial vehicles] UAVs," says Dronecode board of directors chairman Chris Anderson.  He notes there has been substantial growth and development during the project's first year as the platform now serves as the basis for multiple commercially available drone technologies.  "It's also extremely encouraging to see increased member engagement and the formation of technical working groups to further advance our mission and open source technologies for UAV adoption and acceleration," Anderson says.  Dronecode consists of multiple components, and also includes many projects at various layers of the stack, ranging from a real-time operating system and drivers at the bottom to mobile and cloud apps at the top.  The Dronecode project is launching three technical working groups to further advance the technology.  "These technical working groups were formed to focus development efforts into specific areas of growth for UAVs--camera and gimbal controls, airspace management, and hardware/software interfaces--while ensuring standardization and interoperability across the technologies," Anderson says.


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