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Self-flying aircraft an overlooked opportunity in autonomous transport

an autonomous helicopter, with rotor blades attached to a circular rim
An autonomous helicopter at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The AV industry has seen $5.8 billion in investments in the first three quarters of 2018 alone. Meanwhile, more than 100 companies tackling the issue of self-flying aircraft have remained under the radar.

The big picture: Any autonomous transport option faces technical, regulatory and consumer comfort issues. Air travel, however, has arguably fewer hurdles ahead than autonomy on the ground.