AUVSI adopts ‘uncrewed’ in place of ‘unmanned’ to support gender inclusivity and launches DE&I Advisory Group

The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced its name change to reflect ongoing efforts to promote gender inclusivity. In addition to dropping the word “unmanned” and other gender-specific terms in its name, governing documents, and association language, AUVSI has also launched a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Advisory Group.

New programming and opportunities will be executed throughout the 50th anniversary year to build on the association’s existing work to advocate for the establishment of laws and regulations that enable the advancement of uncrewed systems in the commercial and defence sectors, educate regulators and public on the benefits of these systems and connect the industry and stakeholders. 

The association was founded as the National Association for Remotely Piloted Vehicles (NARP-V) and rebranded as the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems in 1978, and added “International” in 1996 before changing before changing again today to the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International. 

AUVSI’s Board of Directors and President and CEO Brian Wynne said: “By launching the DE&I Advisory Group and other new initiatives, AUVSI will continue to lead, engage and educate the community. Under our new identity and with a cohesive voice, AUVSI will advance our bold vision of an autonomous future in which uncrewed technologies are integrated into society and provide lasting public and economic benefits.” 

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