Tag: drone

Wing launches drone delivery in Christiansburg, Virginia

As of this afternoon, select residents of Christiansburg, Virginia can tap drones operated by Google parent company Alphabet’s Wing for quick and easy deliveries of packages, over-the-counter medications, snacks, and gifts. The company today revealed that it’s become the first to operate a commercial air delivery service directly to homes in the U.S., with the […]

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Skydio 2 Dock enables autonomous factory, warehouse, and industrial operations

Redwood City-based Skydio unveiled Skydio 2 two weeks ago, a $1,000 autonomous drone that can track objects and people while traveling upwards of 30 miles per hour. It pitched the quadcopter as a recreational rather than an enterprise product, but in a hint at its upmarket ambitions, Skydio this morning launched Skydio 2 Dock. It’s […]

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Matternet’s Technology Powering First FAA-Approved Drone Airline for UPS

Last Thursday at TC Disrupt 2019, we encountered Matternet, the first drone technology that will deliver UPS packages up to 5 pounds. On October 1st, 2019, UPS subsidiary UPS Flight Forward Inc announced it has received the first full Part 135 Standard certification to operate a drone airline, using Matternet’s drones. Advertising We covered the […]

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UPS wins full FCC approval to start commercial drone deliveries

(Reuters) — UPS on Tuesday said it won the U.S. government’s first full approval to operate a drone airline, which gave it a lead in the nascent U.S. drone delivery business over rivals Amazon and Alphabet. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted UPS’ Flight Forward drone subsidiary a Part 135 Standard certification on Friday. The […]

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Skydio 2 can track up to 10 subjects while avoiding obstacles

It’s been roughly a year since Redwood City-based Skydio released the R1, a drone that triangulates footage from multiple cameras to navigate tight spaces autonomously. An onboard system creates stereo-depth images from pairs of sensors in real time, which software fuses together to map the R1’s surroundings during flight. Facial recognition algorithms enable it to […]

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Researchers use a nailgun-equipped drone to shingle a roof

Drones — specifically quadcopters — are a versatile bunch. They’ve been used to inspect gas terminals, oil rigs, and turbines for wear and tear by startups like Sterblue, Clobotics, General Electric spinoff Avitas Systems, and Cyberhawk. French firefighters tapped them to survey Notre Dame during the recent blaze. And San Francisco-based Matternet is collaborating with UPS to launch an […]

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Parrot’s Anafi FPV is a drone you fly with a heads-up display

Anafi. Bepop. Disco. Hydrofoil. Paris, France-based Parrot’s drone portfolio runs the gamut from fixed-winged aircraft to lightweight quadcopters, and it’s always expanding. In April, Parrot announced the Anafi Thermal, a $1,900 drone equipped with sensors and software tailor-made for rescuers, architects, and the energy industry that slotted alongside last year’s Anafi, a four-propeller drone with […]

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Elroy Air’s autonomous aircraft can carry over 250 pounds of cargo

Elroy Air, a San Francisco startup developing delivery drones for large commercial payloads, today announced a milestone toward its goal of commercializing its aircraft by 2021. The company says that in partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School on August 14, it completed a test of an over 1,250-pound prototype drone — the Chaparral — it […]

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Exyn Technologies raises $16 million for drones that map underground spaces

Exyn Technologies, a company developing sophisticated autonomous robot systems, last week revealed that it has closed a $16 million series A round led by Centricus, with participation from Yamaha Motors Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Corecam Family Office, Red and Blue Ventures, and IP Group. The capital infusion brings the startup’s total raised to over $20 million, and […]

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Connected city and transport demands are fueling smarter maps

Google and Apple loom so large over the field of digital mapping that it’s understandable why it may seem they represent the beginning and the end of this market. But the demands of a wide range of services such autonomous vehicles and smart cities are giving rise to a new generation of mapping competitors who […]

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AI helps drones navigate forests and other ‘cluttered’ environments

Cutting-edge drones from companies like DJI and Parrot have no trouble navigating obstacle-strewn environments, but when faced with a never-before-seen landscape like dense woods or maze, they have a tougher time reaching goal destinations autonomously. That’s why scientists at Intel Labs and Mexico’s Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute recently […]

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How Fox News Host Sean Hannity Almost Got America Into a War With Iran and Then Tucker Carlson Saved Us All

Photo: Ethan Miller (Getty Images) It’s no secret that the president gets his cues from Fox News. In March, the New Yorker noted in its piece “The Making of the Fox News White House” that the president has granted his boo, fake news anchor Sean Hannity, seven interviews since Russia stole the White House. He’s […]

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Iran Shot Down an American Drone and Trump Does His Best Chuck Norris Impression; Claims They Made a ‘Very Big Mistake’

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) In every tough-guy movie, there is a scene where the tough guy—usually an old white guy—turns to his enemy and says something tough. Something like: “I’m going to kick you in the face. Really hard.” Or, “This time, it’s personal.” Or, some really goofy phrase like “I’m really going to […]

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Uber will deliver food via drone to San Diego residents in summer 2019

The next time you order pad thai from your go-to neighborhood joint, a drone might handle delivery duties. Uber announced this morning that it intends to begin operating autonomous quadcopters in San Diego — one of the ten cities selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to test commercial drones — this summer, pending regulatory approval. […]

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AI helps drones dodge fast-moving objects

Drones capable of autonomous avoidance aren’t novel — DJI’s featured them in its lineup for years. But what about quadcopters that can dodge fast-moving projectiles? That’s what scientists from the University of Maryland and ETH Zurich describe in a newly published paper (“EVDodge: Embodied AI For High-Speed Dodging On A Quadrotor Using Event Cameras“) on […]

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