Tag: drones

DroneDeploy raises $35 million for drone management and logistics tools

DroneDeploy, a startup developing a holistic cloud-based drone mapping and analytics platform, today announced that it’s closed a $35 million series D round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Energize Ventures, AirTree, Emergence Capital, Scale Venture Partners, and Uncork Capital also participated in the tranche, which follows on the heels of a $20 million series C […]

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PG&E Should Try This ALPS Drone For Fully Automated Power Grid Inspections

ALPS, known for its in-car electronics components has put together a Done system that can autonomously inspect powerline infrastructure. Advertising The drone has highly precise and sensitive sensors, including a Lidar, which is a laser-based radar that provides 3D awareness of what’s around the drone. As an upgrade, ALPS is working on adapting an RF […]

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Wing kicks off drone deliveries from Walgreens and FedEx Express in Virginia

If Wing has its way, autonomous drones will soon save residents of two towns in Southwest Virginia a trip to the drug store and bakery. The Alphabet X lab graduate will next month launch a pilot to make available on-demand delivery from FedEx Express, Walgreens, and Sugar Magnolia. Sugar Magnolia will box up birthday cards, […]

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Eye in the Sky: LAPD Makes Drone Usage Permanent

Photo: iStock Anyone who’s lived in L.A. knows that helicopters—particularly, ones manned by the LAPD—are a staple of the city’s skies. Now, a small fleet of drones will be permanently added to the department’s surveillance arsenal, raising concerns from civil liberties advocates. The permanent addition of drones was approved unanimously by a five-member civilian police […]

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Weaponize your drone and face a $25,000 fine from the FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an advisory this week warning drone pilots and the general public that placing a dangerous weapon on a drone can carry a fine of up to $25,000. “Perhaps you’ve seen online photos and videos of drones with attached guns, bombs, fireworks, flamethrowers, and other dangerous items,” the notice reads. “Do […]

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AI startup Gather uses drones and computer vision for warehouse inventory

Gather, a company that uses autonomous drones for warehouse inventory, launched out of stealth today. Founded in 2017, the company of about 10 employees is based in Pittsburgh. Gather’s founding team is made up of Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University graduates, including cofounder and chief robotics officer Sankalp Arora, whose work with the Office […]

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A Military Contractor Is Flying Spy Balloons High Over the Midwest

The United States military is now testing high-altitude surveillance balloons across the Midwest, according to documents a military contractor filed with the Federal Communications Commission. The news was first reported by The Guardian. The filing states the intent of military contractor Sierra Nevada Corporation is to “provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter […]

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FAA upgrades drone management app B4UFLY with real-time flight restriction info

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today introduced an update of B4UFLY, its app for helping pilots and less experienced operators ensure drone flights are safe and compliant with federal law. The previous version of the app made it confusing at times to understand whether it’s legal to fly a drone, but the update, led by […]

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UPS forms new drone delivery subsidiary, will seek FAA approval to operate commercial flights

UPS is doubling down on a drone logistics and delivery market that’s anticipated to be worth $29.06 billion by 2027. Ahead of the company’s quarterly earnings call this evening, it revealed that it has applied to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for Part 135 certification, which would enable it to orchestrate commercial drone flights under […]

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