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  • Mercedes-Benz and Matternet unveil vans that launch delivery drones

    Mercedes-Benz and Matternet unveil vans that launch delivery drones

    Mercedes-Benz Vans and drone tech startup Matternet have created a concept car, or as they’re calling it a Vision Van, that could change the way small packages are delivered across short distances. The Vision Van’s rooftop serves as a launch and landing pad for Matternet’s new, Matternet M2 drones. The Matternet M2 drones, which are autonomous, can pick up and carry a… Read More

  • How the ‘wonks’ of public policy and the ‘geeks’ of tech can get together Crunch Network

    How the ‘wonks’ of public policy and the ‘geeks’ of tech can get together

    Technology innovates and disrupts, while public policy regulates and controls — at least according to conventional wisdom. The skirmish between Apple and the FBI is a prime example: Apple is refusing to allow policy to dictate how encryption should be included in products. It’s nearly impossible to ponder emerging resource-sharing technologies without thinking of the restrictive… Read More

  • Matternet To Test The First Real Drone Delivery System In Switzerland

    Matternet To Test The First Real Drone Delivery System In Switzerland

    The Swiss postal service, Swiss Post, is going to attempt drone deliveries for the first time ever using Matternet, a company working on perfecting drone-based delivery systems. The first tests will happen in Switzerland this summer as proof of concept to “to clarify the legal framework, consider local conditions and explore the technical and business capabilities of the… Read More

  • Matternet Makes Delivery Drones Happen

    How Matternet Wants To Bring Drone Delivery To The People Who Need It Most

    Last week, the media world was abuzz with the news that e-commerce giant Amazon was experimenting with a new program dubbed “Amazon Prime Air,” which would use small automated “drone” aircraft to make customer deliveries. But while Jeff Bezos’ primetime television announcement of Amazon’s drone ambitions certainly attracted a lot of attention, it’s… Read More

  • Enter The Dronenet

    Enter The Dronenet

    Here’s my favorite Big Idea of the year so far, via John Robb, who’s always worth your attention: The Dronenet, a “short distance drone delivery service built on an open protocol.” He fleshes it out in a series of posts, but basically, it would be a network of drones that would carry things the same way the Internet carries data: in packets, over a series of multiple… Read More