Electronics association to feature UAS technology at annual show

By Patrick C. Miller | September 25, 2014

For the first time in its more than 40-year history, the Consumer Electronics Association's annual international electronics show will feature a marketplace dedicated to UAS technology.

The Unmanned Systems Marketplace—one of 20 category-specific areas—will debut at the 2015 International CES scheduled Jan. 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas. The area is expected to cover 6,500 square feet of exhibit space with room for about 16 high-end commercial and consumer UAV technology companies.

Owned and produced by CEA, the International CES is considered the world’s gathering place for consumer technology businesses. The Unmanned Systems Marketplace is intended to highlight expanding technology in unmanned aerial vehicles and other unmanned systems controlled by onboard computers or remotely from the ground.

The association estimates that the global market for consumer UAVs will approach $130 million in revenue in 2015, a 55 percent increase from 2014. Unit sales of consumer UAVs are expected to reach 400,000 with revenues exceeding $1 billion in just five years.

“Drones and unmanned systems are being used to assist in a variety of applications, from aerial coverage for sports and real estate, to assistance in search and rescue and disaster relief missions,” said Karen Chupka, CEA senior vice president. “We’re excited to introduce the Unmanned Systems Marketplace at the 2015 CES and witness how these unique tools are revolutionizing the way we capture and monitor our world.”

The Unmanned Systems Marketplace will be located at CES Tech East in the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center, South Hall 2. Major exhibitors currently located within the Unmanned Systems Marketplace include Air-Dog, Squadrone, Trace, DJI, iRobot, Trace, Torquing Group DBA ZANO, Ecovacs, EHang, Autel, Pelican Products and other brands.

The 2015 CES will feature 20 category-specific marketplaces highlighting innovation across a wide area of products.