Unmanned Systems Technology 024 | Wingcopter 178 l 5G focus l UUVs insight l CES report l Stromkind KAT l Intelligent Energy fuel cell l Earthsense TerraSentia l Connectors focus l Advanced Engineering report

4 The relationship between autonomous system developers and the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has been going through an interesting evolution. Over the past few years it has highlighted the latest technology demonstrators and concept vehicles. This year’s show was very different though, with component suppliers showing their latest sensors for Level 4 and Level 5 full autonomous operation and talking about their plans to move to volume production later this year. That is much more the kind of thing we cover in our regular show reports but it is less usual for CES, where the latest 5G smartphones and smart home systems were launched this year. The lack of driverless car launches is also telling. Large-scale commercial trials of autonomous vehicles have been rolling out across the US and China, with some limited plans in Europe, but the first customers for the vehicles are set to be ride-sharing companies such as Uber, BlaBlaCar and, in China, Didi. They don’t need flashy consumer launches – and indeed, the technology is very different. Autonomous ride-sharing vehicles operate 24/7 and so are engineered for higher reliability than cars aimed at the consumer market. Instead, the prototype demonstrations at and around the show were of aircraft. Bell Helicopter and Boeing showed autonomous cargo and air taxi systems being tested outdoors. If the technology follows the same trajectory as driverless cars then urban air travel will look very different in a few years from now. Nick Flaherty | Technology Editor Shift to sensors Intro | February/March 2019 Editorial Director Ian Bamsey Assistant Editor Guy Richards Technology Editor Nick Flaherty Contributors Peter Donaldson, Rory Jackson Technical Consultants Paul Weighell Ian Williams-Wynn Dr Donough Wilson Design Andrew Metcalfe andrew@meticulousdesign.com UST Ad Sales Please direct all enquiries to Simon Moss simon@ust-media.com Subscriptions Jim Cavanagh jim@ust-media.com Publishing Director Simon Moss General Manager Chris Perry Office Administrator Frankie Robins For all enquiries relating to unmannedsystemstechnology.com please contact: EchoBlue Media Online Publisher Caroline Rees caroline@echobluemedia.com Subscribe today @ www.ust-media.com Editorial opportunities Do you have a strong technical knowledge of one or more aspects of unmanned systems? As we grow we are on the lookout for experts who can contribute to these pages. If that sounds an interesting challenge then don’t hesitate to explore the possibility of writing for us by emailing: ian@ust-media.com Read all back issues online www.ust-media.com UST 24 : FEB/MAR 2019 UK £15,USA$30,EUROPE e 22 Then there were five What 5G will mean for unmanned vehicle control Strong attachments Why you need to latch on to advances in connectors A seamless transition How the Wingcopter uses only one propulsion system to shift between all flight modes Volume Five | Issue Two February/March 2019 High Power Media Limited Whitfield House, Cheddar Road, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4EJ, England Tel: +44 (0)1934 713957 Fax: +44 (0)20 8497 2102 www.highpowermedia.com ISSN 2056-9823 Printed in Great Britain ©High Power Media All rights reserved. Reproduction (in whole or in part) of any article or illustration without the written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. While care is taken to ensure the accuracy of information herein, the publisher can accept no liability for errors or omissions. Nor can responsibility be accepted for the content of any advertisement. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions are available from High Power Media at the address above or directly from our website. Overseas copies are sent via air mail. UST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS 1 year subscription – 15% discount: UK – £75; Europe – e 125 USA – $150; ROW – £97.50 2 year subscription – 25% discount: UK – £135; Europe – e 225 USA – $270; ROW – £175.50 Make cheques payable to High Power Media. Visa, Mastercard, Amex and UK Maestro accepted. Quote card number and expiry date (also issue/start date for Maestro) ALSO FROM HPM February/March 2019 | Unmanned Systems Technology BEST INTHEDESERT DRE’sBigBlock revolution THEWAR ONFRICTION Bearings and coatings foci BEHEMOTH RACERS Truck turbodiesel battles THE COMMUNICATIONS HUBOF THE RACING POWERTRAINWORLD NOVEMBER 2018 UK £15,USA$25,EUROPE e 22 SEBASTIANRISSE: KTM’sGrandPrixchallenge www.highpowermedia.com