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Trump signs bill reinstating the FAA’s drone registration requirement

December 12, 2017 - 11:19am
 Back in late-2015, the FAA introduced new rules requiring owners of  small drones to submit their devices to a database and attach a registration code to the side of the product. In May of this year, a judge in the D.C. Circuit shot down the rule, and the FAA began the process of returning the registration fee. Now the registry is back on, courtesy of a bill signed into law by President Trump. Read More

DJI’s ‘electronic license plate’ helps authorities identify drones in mid-flight

October 25, 2017 - 10:36am
 DJI took to the roofs of Washington DC to demonstrate AeroScope, a new identification technology the company has taken to calling an “electronic license plate for drones.” The feature is designed to offer up quick information to authorities on a given UAV, should it, say, come to lose to an airport, prison or other restricted airspace. The D.C. location was no doubt chosen to… Read More

CNN gets a first-of-its-kind waiver to fly drones over crowds

October 18, 2017 - 9:12am
 CNN has won an interesting waiver regarding its commercial drone operating license with the FAA – an exemption that allows it to fly its Vantage Robotics Snap drone over open-air crowds of people at altitudes of up to 150 feet. This is a new precedent in this kind of waiver: Previous exemptions allowed flight of drones over people in closed set operations (like for filmmaking purposes)… Read More

Mercedes-Benz kicks off drone delivery pilot in Zurich

September 28, 2017 - 9:22am
 Drone delivery may be closer than you think: Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Vans teamed up with e-commerce startup siroop, and drone logistics provider Matternet to kick off a pilot in Zurich of its van-based drone delivery concept. The partners demonstrated a delivery live to an audience of media today, showing a coffee delivery from a small Swiss merchant using siroop’s platform. The… Read More

JD X taps Nvidia for drone deliveries, rescue and agricultural use

September 25, 2017 - 8:00pm
 GPU maker Nvidia has announced that it will work with retail giant to help with an outdoor robotics initiative that sprung out of JD X, the commerce company’s innovation lab. JDrone and JDrover are two new robots, the former aerial and the latter ground-based, and both Nvidia’s Jetson platform for embedded AI-based navigation intelligence. JDrover is going to be put to use… Read More

Fully autonomous drone maker Airobotics nabs $32.5M, expands into defense

September 7, 2017 - 4:48am
 Airobotics, a startup building autonomous drones for the enterprise sector that do not require humans to get involved in any aspect of operating them, has picked up $32.5 million in funding to expand its business into defense and homeland security, and to expand its business globally. The Series C round was led by BlueRun Ventures China, with participation also from Microsoft Ventures… Read More

The Tortilla Drone is the flying robot we’ve all been waiting for

September 5, 2017 - 7:56am
 You’ve seen it all before: a drone takes off in an open field, everything is clear. The drone flies straight up for a moment then, on the way down, it hits a tree. A moment later the whole thing is a mess. Plastic everywhere, the motors whizzing and failing, a camera flinging off and into the bushes. Disaster! But what if you could easily take that broken drone, fry it, and dip it into… Read More

13 things drones are doing besides flying around your yard

August 25, 2017 - 2:39pm
 Everyone who’s flown around a drone (or UAV, or multirotor, or what have you) knows that they’re a lot of fun. But they’re being used all over the world for more serious purposes — after all, an autonomous flying vehicle is a great place to start for all kinds of applications, from delivery to archaeology. Here’s a sampling of what drones are getting up to across… Read More