Creative Way to Test Drones

Creative Way to Test Drones

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 9.18.13 AM Kansas University Finds Creative Way to Test Drones Outside Researchers at Kansas State University’s Salina campus have found a unique solution to testing drones in a real-world environment while maintaining safety: They built a very big cage. The Federal Aviation Administration has severe restrictions on where drones can fly outdoors, including a prohibition within five miles of an airport. The college’s campus happens to […]

Continue reading

Microsofts Police Car to Include Drones

Microsofts Police Car to Include Drones

Reminiscent of KITT from the 1980’s TV series “Knight Rider,” Microsoft’s Advanced Patrol Platform (MAPP) car has it all – drone included. The MAPP car is designed to provide police officers with all of the information that they need in one elegant interface, built into a patrol car and accessible on an officer’s mobile device. The list of information available to police personnel through the interface is formidable: the system […]

Continue reading

A Drone with a Sense of Direction

A Drone with a Sense of Direction

by Commercial drones are starting to be used for tasks like inspecting oil rigs and crops. But they still require a highly skilled human pilot, and even those that are semi-autonomous usually use prebuilt maps or access the data over a wireless link. Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich are making drones more independent. They have demonstrated a small drone that can build its own 3-D […]

Continue reading

Walmart Testing Delivery Drones

Walmart Testing Delivery Drones

Ready, Set, Drone: Walmart Joins Amazon, Google In Testing Delivery Drones Signaling its intent to compete with Amazon and other companies in using drones to fill and deliver online orders, Walmart has applied for permission to test drones for home deliveries and curbside pickup. NPR’s Laura Sydell reports for our Newscast unit that Walmart has already been testing drones inside: “According to an application filed with the Federal Aviation Administration […]

Continue reading

Drones are coming soon to an apple orchard near you

Drones are coming soon to an apple orchard near you

Apples at the Schweitzer Farm, on 9 Mile Rd. NW, near Baumhoff Ave., Comstock Park Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. Drone technology can help farmers view crops. (Cory Morse | MLive.com) Drones are coming soon to an apple orchard near you, farmers and students hope SPARTA, MI – As a whirring drone hovered over an apple orchard last week, about 20 fruit growers and University of Michigan students asked each other: […]

Continue reading

NJ county is on cutting edge with drone technology

NJ county is on cutting edge with drone technology

Which NJ county is on cutting edge with drone technology? Camden – John Donnadio wasn’t shocked when he heard Camden County’s freeholders bought a drone. While it’s the first time the Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of Counties caught word of any county in the state purchasing an unmanned aircraft with imaging technology — Camden County’s will be used at its correctional facility for crisis situations — he […]

Continue reading

Drone Insurance from Drones

Drone Insurance from Drones

You can buy drone insurance to protect you from 160,000 drones a year in the skies Mike Brady, the chief technology officer for insurance company AIG, owns a drone that he can control with his iPhone, he told attendees during Oracle’s OpenWorld conference, held in San Francisco’s this week. But he’s more than just a hobbyist. He’s convinced that drones are going to be a big deal for the insurance […]

Continue reading

Walmart to fly Drones

Walmart to fly Drones

Walmart reportedly asks FAA for permission to fly drones According to Reuters , Walmart has reportedly petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to test drones in a variety of tasks — from home delivery and curbside pickup operations to checking warehouse inventories. Walmart has apparently been testing these aerial platforms indoors for a number of months but needs the FAA’s blessing to begin operating in the great wide open. […]

Continue reading

11 Problems with Mandatory Drone Registration

11 Problems with Mandatory Drone Registration

Drones with built-in geofencing will produce far better results than registration by preventing problems as opposed to pointing to who might have done it after something has happened. The US government will soon require tech enthusiasts to register their drones with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to crack down on reckless flying. The DOT, which supervises the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) still needs to figure out the specifics of, including […]

Continue reading