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Saturday, March 14th

Discover Drones


Along with the featured demonstrations listed below, the outdoor venue will be full of fun activities, food trucks, and other live demonstrations showcasing emerging technology in Smart Mobility. Check out the daily sitemap to see the full list of demonstrators.


For information about street closures, please see the Spring Fest Mobility Guide Map. There is no onsite parking available, so check out to plan your trip!

9:30 am

The Smart Mobility Shuttle begins running the connected vehicle tour!

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Drone Demonstrations by the Austin Fire Department’s Robotic Emergency Team as well as Austin Energy, Austin Watershed, and Austin Public Works. 

Come see these departments’ live drone demonstrations and learn how they are using drones to improve safety and efficiency.      


1:00 - 1:45 pm

Drone Demonstration by Choctaw Nation UASIPP and Oklahoma State University Unmanned Systems Research Institute (USRI) and Bell Labs

The Choctaw Nation is a part of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP), which is an initiative that began in October 2017 to begin safely testing and validating advanced operations for UAS (“drones”) in partnership with tribal, state and local governments in select jurisdictions. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is one of 10 selectees announced from a competitive pool of more than 200 tribal, state and city governments. Come learn about how they are collaborating to accelerate the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace and to realize the benefits of unmanned technology in our economy.


The Oklahoma State University Unmanned Systems Research Institute (USRI) is the hub of drone research and development at Oklahoma State University, connecting customer needs with subject matter experts across the OSU domain. USRI specializes in research, education, and training in autonomous technology for air, ground, and maritime systems working with government and commercial customers to develop custom drone solutions and technology integration for defense, the environment, and unmanned traffic management.

4:00 pm

The Smart Mobility Shuttle stops running the connected vehicle tour!

Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department

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