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CEA Welcomes Drones To CES

Arlington, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) will add its first drone-focused area for the 2015 International CES.

The Unmanned Systems Marketplace will highlight technology in drones, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and other unmanned systems controlled by onboard computers or remotely from the ground. The area is expected to cover 6,500 net square feet of exhibit space with room for about 16 high-end commercial and consumer UAV technology companies, CEA said.

“The global market for consumer drones will approach $130 million in revenue in 2015, increasing by 55 percent from 2014, with unit sales of consumer drones expected to reach 400,000,” CEA said. “The revenue from drone sales is expected to easily exceed $1 billion in just five years.”

The Unmanned Systems Marketplace will be located at CES Tech East in the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), South Hall 2. Tech East includes the LVCC, the Westgate Las Vegas (Westgate), and Renaissance Las Vegas (Renaissance). Exhibitors currently located within the Unmanned Systems Marketplace include Air-Dog, Squadrone, Trace, DJI, iRobot, Trace, Torquing Group DBA Zano, Ecovacs, EHang, Autel and Pelican Products, among others.

Companies interested in exhibiting there should contact Oleg Burdo at [email protected] or (703) 907-5257.

CES is scheduled to run Jan. 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas.