Drone technology helping utility companies

The power and utilities sector in the US faces numerous challenges as well as being on the verge of a digital revolution. Losses from network outages have been worth $169 billion. Existing drone technology allows applications that can survey pre-construction and investment monitoring. as well as asset inventory and maintenance management surveillance. Drones could also monitor water quality, and management of vegetation. Drones or UAVs in the energy sector could help improve power supply Read More

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New York advances drone industry with testing corridor

Envisioning a day when millions of drones will buzz around delivering packages, watching crops or inspecting pipelines, a coalition is creating an airspace corridor in upstate New York where traffic management systems will be developed and unmanned aircraft can undergo safety and performance testing. The unmanned aircraft traffic management corridor, jump-started by a $30 million state investment, will extend 50 miles (80 kilometers) west over mostly rural farmland from Griffiss Read More

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DJI AeroScope is an invisible license plate that knows when drones go off limits

Drone giant DJI has now turned proposals for a sort of invisible drone license plate system into reality. DJI AeroScope is a new system that uses existing drone hardware to gather details on a nearby drone’s location, reporting those details back to authorities. Exactly which details are broadcast will depend on local laws, DJI said. The company unveiled the system in a presentation in Belgium on Thursday, October 12. While just announced to the public, AeroScope was installed at two Read More

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DJI drone store in Costa Mesa opens to huge crowd

Hundreds of drone enthusiasts lined up to see a new DJI drone store that opened Saturday, Oct. 21 near The Lab anti-mall in Costa Mesa. The “experience” store, much like an Apple store, gives customers a chance to check out dozens of drones made by Dà-Jiāng Innovations Science and Technology Co., a  leading manufacturer in China. Customers also can demo the drones using a flying cage. It’s the only store of its kind in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and Read More

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Do The Cops Need A Warrant To Snoop From Their Drones?

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) civilian police commission voted to approve proposed guidelines for a one-year unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) pilot program. According to the LAPD’s guidelines, UAVs will not be equipped with lethal or nonlethal weapons and will only be deployed in a narrow set of circumstances. The guideline also requires officers to obtain a warrant before using a UAV “when required under the Fourth Amendment or other provision of the law.” This Read More

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Creating smart policies now can maximize future benefits of drone delivery

New drone technologies that can put packages directly into the hands of customers represent the latest breakthrough for consumer delivery and bring to mind a future dotted with unmanned aircraft dropping packages from the sky. But these advancements also raise questions about how policymakers will address pressing safety, infrastructure and social concerns and allow these technologies to benefit all Americans and the entire economy. As consumers shift from centuries of going to market to an Read More

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Amazon patents a drone that can juice up your EV on the fly

Refueling on the move sounds like a pipe dream when it comes to gas cars, but Amazon could make it a reality for your future electric car. Amazon was recently granted US patent number 9,778,653, otherwise known as “Systems, devices and methods delivering energy using an uncrewed autonomous vehicle.” Basically, it’s a drone that can juice up your EV’s battery while you’re on the move. It works like this: If an EV is incapable of reaching its destination with its Read More

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US drone strike kills chief of Pakistani Taliban faction

The chief of an offshoot of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a US drone strike, a spokesman for the group told AFP Thursday. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, had claimed responsibility for many deadly attacks in the country, including a suicide bombing in a park in Lahore on Easter Sunday last year that killed 75 people including many children. “Chief of our Jamaat-ul-Ahrar Umar Khalid Khorasani, who sustained serious injuries in a recent US drone Read More

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CNN Uses Vantage Robotics’ Snap Drone to Win FAA Fly-Over-People Waiver

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Small UAS Rule (also known as Part 107) has provisions to obtaining waivers to the usual requirements for flying drones in the United States. For example, you’re not generally allowed to fly drones at night, although the FAA has granted quite a few waivers allowing flight after dark. But another rule is that you can’t fly drones over people who are not part of your operations, and until about a week ago, the FAA hadn’t waived that rule for Read More

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You Can Now Buy a Wireless Charging Pad for Your Drone

Wireless charging pads or charging stations are commonly associated with smartphone technology. However, a start-up in the United States is taking that concept to the skies. WiBotic, a company in Seattle, has created a wireless charging pad for a wide range of drones, from industrial to smaller, commercial UAVs. Additionally, the company built an onboard charger that weighs just 1.6 ounces (45 grams). The mini-circuit board aids operators of small drones use wireless power without the extra Read More

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