Amazon envisions giant drone towers to speed up delivery

A patent application lays out plans for a robot-powered fulfillment center where drones can zip in and out to deliver packages around your city. Amazon has some towering ideas for drone delivery. The e-commerce giant filed a patent application for a “multi-level fulfillment center” that would allow drones to deliver packages in urban areas. Basically, it sounds like a giant robot-powered tower that would make it easy for drones to zip in and out as they deliver packages around a Read More

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Trump meeting will include these companies focused on drones and 5G wireless

Thursday’s tech summit at the White House will feature companies specializing in 5G wireless and drone technology. CNBC has learned that companies attending include start-ups AirMap, Airspace, Kespry, Measure, and PrecisionHawk. Larger companies will include AT&T, GE, Honeywell, Microsoft, and Sprint. Tech entrepreneurs and venture investors are heading to the White House on Thursday to discuss the potential impact of emerging technologies on U.S. industrial workers. The meeting Read More

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Drone Companies to Meet With Trump to Discuss Future of Industry

Up for discussion: The industry’s future and aviation regulations. Four U.S.-based drone companies will meet with the Trump administration on Thursday to discuss the future of the fast-growing industry amid changes in drone regulations and air traffic control. AirMap, Airspace, Kespry, and PrecisionHawk will attend the meeting with the Trump administration, Recode reports. Google’s drone delivery company Project Wing, and DJI, the largest drone manufacturer in the world, which is Read More

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4 Drone Execs Are Meeting POTUS – What Should Their Message Be?

Later today 5 drone executives (AirMap (Ben Marcus, CEO AirMap, George Matthew, CEO of Kespry, Brandon Torres Declet, CEO of Measure, and Michael Chasen, CEO of PrecisionHawk, Airspace, not sure who) will be meeting with President Trump. We were not invited to attend so offer up the following by way of advice. Keep it simple. This is generally good advice regardless of who you are speaking with. The message should be short, clear and repeated. Regarding the drone industry, it’s health, Read More

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Trump to Meet With Top Executives on Wireless Tech, Drones

President Donald Trump will discuss advanced wireless technologies and drones on Thursday with top executives at AT&T, Verizon Communications, T-Mobile US and other firms, focusing on how government can create the right environment for breakthroughs. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and CenturyLink CEO Glen Post will be among the executives discussing advanced technologies such as unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, 5G wireless technologies and universal Read More

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To get more drones in U.S. skies, the industry is asking Trump for something rare: More regulation

The drone industry wants more regulation, not less. This morning, President Trump invited a number of key players from the drone industry to attend meetings at the White House to discuss looming regulatory questions and assess how the business of drones is poised to grow. The Trump administration said it wanted to support the industry and was receptive to feedback about the need to create more flexible regulations and craft new rules more quickly so more drones can get to work, the Read More

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Trump is hosting a meeting with drone companies Thursday

Here are four of the drone companies that will be there. The White House will meet with drone companies Thursday to discuss the future of the budding industry, as well as looming regulatory questions. At least four drone companies will be attending the meeting with the Trump Administration, according to multiple sources: Kespry, AirMap, Airspace and PrecisionHawk. All four companies are based in the U.S. Representatives from the drone industry will first meet with White House staff and later Read More

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NEW NASA TECH TELLS DRONES WHEN THEY’RE BROKEN—AND HELPS THEM LAND

IF THE WORLD is ever going to enjoy the upsides of a sky filled with drones, the unmanned aircraft must be able to behave at least as well as human pilots. They must know how to react to other aircraft coming right for them, how to manage sudden weather changes, and what to do when their vehicle goes haywire. That’s why researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia have developed a system that can help with one slice of drone troubleshooting: enabling small UAVs to Read More

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Europe plans to have drone rules in place by 2019

The European Union doesn’t want to fall behind on drones, which could bring in billions in euros to its member states. The EU’s commission for developing a European air traffic control system said on Friday that its goal is to have rules for the safe operation of autonomous drones ready by 2019. Ultimately, the EU says that it wants to create a traffic management system for unmanned drones that’s similar to air traffic control for manned planes. But in the near term, the commission Read More

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Prisoners Are Using Drones To Smuggle In Drugs and Porn

Prisoners or their friends from the outside are increasingly using drones to smuggle contraband like drugs and pornography into federal prisons, USA Today reported on Friday. Documents obtained through open record requests show that criminals have conducted nearly a dozen prison smuggling operations using drones over the past five years. Get Data Sheet, Fortune’s technology newsletter. Federal prisons in California, Louisiana, and Texas were among those targeted. USA Today did not provide Read More

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