unmanned aerial vehicles

  • Amazon partners with U.K. government to test its drones

    Amazon partners with U.K. government to test its drones

    Amazon today announced that it has partnered with the U.K. government to test some of the technologies that may one day enable its Prime Air drone delivery service. In a partnership with the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Amazon now has the permission to explore beyond-line-of-sight operations in rural and suburban areas (something the U.S.’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)… Read More

  • Amazon patent proposes drone perches atop streetlights and other protruding infrastructure

    Amazon patent proposes drone perches atop streetlights and other protruding infrastructure

    Pop quiz, hot shot: You’re a delivery drone with a flight duration of 20 minutes with your current payload, but because of delays (use your imagination) you’re never going to make it in time. What do you do, hot shot? What do you do? You land on a streetlight that’s been converted into a drone charger! Thank goodness Amazon patented those. Read More

  • Removing the human element from autonomous commercial drones Crunch Network

    Removing the human element from autonomous commercial drones

    Since the industrial revolution, economic advancement has been achieved by increasing efficiency and reducing human labor through greater mechanical autonomy driven by technological innovation. For many, commercial drones represent the next enabler of economic benefit using robotic platforms. Read More

  • Strike the right balance on drone policy Crunch Network

    Strike the right balance on drone policy

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — more commonly referred to as drones — are on the cusp of a major commercial trial that has the power to save thousands of lives. This pilot [program isn’t taking place in the Bay Area or Boise or Boston. Instead, it will take place 7,200 miles away — in Rwanda. Read More

  • Neural networks: Artificial intelligence and our future Crunch Network

    Neural networks: Artificial intelligence and our future

    Imagine yourself a passenger in a futuristic self-driving car. Instead of programming its navigation system, the car interacts with you in a near-human way to understand your desired destination. It has learned your preferences for music, temperature and lighting, all adjusted without the need to twist a knob. Two distinct paths of technological evolution are advancing technology to create… Read More

  • Drones: Putting China’s economy on autopilot Crunch Network

    Drones: Putting China’s economy on autopilot

    The global drone market has been rapidly expanding, attracting loyal consumers while integrating itself as an emerging pillar in the technological sector. One country that has seen an extremely rapid rise in drone growth in terms of usage and production is China. Already heavily invested in producing intermediate parts for other aerospace vehicles, the Chinese are starting to prove themselves… Read More

  • US agency issues privacy guidance for drone operators

    US agency issues privacy guidance for drone operators

    The NTIA has published voluntary best practice privacy guidelines for the use of commercial and non-commercial drones to gather personally identifiable data, agreed by a consensus of stakeholders. Read More

  • The Vortex 250 is the Lamborghini of racing drones

    The Vortex 250 is the Lamborghini of racing drones

    Having spent a good deal of time flying UAVs like DJI’s Inspire 1 and Phantom 4, I like to consider myself experienced with drones. So when I came across Horizon Hobby’s Vortex 250 Pro racing drone, I didn’t think twice that it was labeled for “the experienced pilot”. I thought I’d take off, hover around my house, maybe snap some photos or videos. Boy was… Read More

  • Amazon Prime Air opens Austrian outpost with focus on sense-and-avoid tech

    Amazon Prime Air opens Austrian outpost with focus on sense-and-avoid tech

    As first reported by the Verge, Amazon today announced that it is opening a new development center for its Prime Air drone delivery program in Graz, Austria. This new team will focus on “sense-and-avoid” technologies for drones. The team in Austria will augment Amazon’s existing Prime Air development locations in the U.K., North America and Israel. Sense-and-avoid is maybe one… Read More