This drone-photo firm just paid a massive fine over alleged illegal flights
A company that uses drones to capture aerial imagery for clients has just paid $200,000 to settle a dispute with the FAA. The FAA had accused it of conducting illegal flights, though the company, SkyPan, at no time admitted to any wrongdoing. The post This drone-photo firm just paid a massive fine over alleged illegal flights appeared first on Digital Trends....
Camera drone captures kitesurfer’s scary encounter with a great white shark
It's not hard to see why the guardians of Australia's beaches are turning to camera drones to keep swimmers safe. As this video shows, the flying machines can quickly spot sharks and other creatures, though alerting the person in the water is another matter. The post Camera drone captures kitesurfer’s scary encounter with a great white shark appeared first on Digital Trends....
Amazon seeks FCC permission for secret wireless testing
It appears Amazon may be up to another one of its mysterious, experimental projects. It’s been discovered that the company has filed a request with the FCC for permission to test wireless communication technology in areas of Washington, all without stating the exact purpose. There are a few hints that the tests could be related to Amazon’s desire to begin … Continue reading...
U.S. DOT forms wide-ranging blue ribbon federal automation advisory committee
The U.S. Department of Transportation formed an automation advisory committee whose members include private and public sector leaders from major companies, universities, cities, and advocacy groups. The post U.S. DOT forms wide-ranging blue ribbon federal automation advisory committee appeared first on Digital Trends.
San Francisco District Attorney files lawsuit against drone maker Lily for false advertising
 After raking in tens of millions in preorders and venture capital, the drone maker — if it can really be called that — Lily is shutting down. But its problems won’t end there: San Francisco’s District Attorney filed a lawsuit today accusing the company of false advertising and unfair business practices. Read More ...
SF District Attorney lawsuit against Lily may have prompted refund
 After raking in tens of millions in preorders and venture capital, the drone maker Lily — if it can really be called that — is shutting down. But its problems won’t end there: San Francisco’s District Attorney filed a lawsuit today alleging false advertising and unfair business practices by the company. Read More ...
SF District Attorney lawsuit against Lily may have prompted refund
 After raking in tens of millions in preorders and venture capital, the drone maker Lily — if it can really be called that — is shutting down. But its problems won’t end there: San Francisco’s District Attorney filed a lawsuit today alleging false advertising and unfair business practices by the company. Read More ...
Lily camera drone shuts down: $34m preorders just aren’t enough
Ill-fated camera drone startup Lily has shuttered without delivering a single device, blaming a lack of financing despite having raised millions in preorders. The project, which made headlines back in 2015 for its promised abilities to launch from the hand, follow a user around while filming them, and generally take the piloting headaches out of drone ownership. A successful preorder … Continue reading...
Swarm of 100 military drones exhibits collective behaviors in flight
At the California test site, the 103 Perdix drones released from three F/A-18 Super Hornets demonstrated sophisticated swarming behaviors, including collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying, and self-healing. The post Swarm of 100 military drones exhibits collective behaviors in flight appeared first on Digital Trends.
Parrot plans to slash its drone division workforce
Parrot plans to restructure its drone division in such a way that will see approximately 290 jobs cut and about 150 positions ‘being made redundant.’ The workforce cuts will affect both international and France-based employees, and will take place as part of a ‘cost reduction phase.’ The company detailed its plan and reasoning behind it in its recently published preliminary … Continue reading...
Micro-drone swarm launched by US Department of Defense
The Strategic Capabilities Office of the United States Department of Defense and the Naval Air Systems Command have demonstrated a micro drone swarm. If that set of three words weren’t enough to terrify your senses, just wait until you see the demonstration video. This demonstration showed 103 Perdix drones launched from three F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets. The goal with … Continue reading...
DT Daily: CES 2017 is awash with smart devices, great TV screens, and drones
Digital Trends' experts share their thoughts about smart home devices, new display technologies, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound, self-driving cars, drones, VR, AR, Alexa, and the mad, mad, walkathon world of CES itself. The post DT Daily: CES 2017 is awash with smart devices, great TV screens, and drones appeared first on Digital Trends....
Start-ups aiming to stop drones gain traction for people wanting regulation of drones
A boom in consumer drone sales has spawned a counter-industry of start-ups aiming to stop drones flying where they shouldn’t, by disabling them or knocking them out of the sky. Dozens of start-up firms are developing techniques – from deploying birds of prey to firing gas through a bazooka – to take on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that are being used to smuggle drugs, drop bombs, spy on enemy lines or buzz public spaces. The arms race is fed in part by the slow pace of gover...
Singapore plans innovative air traffic management system for drones
Nanyang Technological University in Singapore will develop an air traffic management system for drones, including built-in detect-and-avoid systems built, designated takeoff and landing zones, and virtual lanes through the city skyline. The post Singapore plans innovative air traffic management system for drones appeared first on Digital Trends....
Amazon patents show flying warehouses that send delivery drones to your door
 We’ve known about Amazon’s drone delivery ambitions since 2013.  But patent filings from Amazon reveal more details about how the e-commerce titan could make drone deliveries work at scale, namely through “airborne fulfillment centers.” Yes, that’s a warehouse in a zeppelin. The airborne fulfillment centers, or AFCs, would be stocked with a certain amount of… Read More ...
U.K. drone crackdown means users may have to pass a test to fly them
If you own a quadcopter in the U.K. or are thinking of buying one, you might soon have to pass a safety test to fly it. The proposal was outlined in a government paper this week as part of wider measures to improve drone safety. The post U.K. drone crackdown means users may have to pass a test to fly them appeared first on Digital Trends....
Hey, Amazon! 7-Eleven says it’s already made 77 deliveries by drone in the U.S.
Everyone was getting pretty excited about Amazon's first-ever delivery by drone earlier this month, but 7-Eleven has just let it be known that in November it made no less than 77 drone deliveries to paying customers in Reno, Nevada. The post Hey, Amazon! 7-Eleven says it’s already made 77 deliveries by drone in the U.S. appeared first on Digital Trends....
7-Eleven made 77 customer drone deliveries in 2016
Amazon’s getting all the drone delivery attention, but it turns out the retailer has an unlikely competitor: 7-Eleven. We saw a video of 7-Eleven’s first drone delivery back in July, and now the company has announced the completion of 77 such deliveries. The drone deliveries were performed by drone delivery service Flirtey, the first of its kind according to the … Continue reading...
Analysts expect Virtual assistants to top holiday sales as Smartwatches push wearables
Virtual assistants are set to pummel virtual reality headsets in the fight for consumer dollars this holiday season, while smartwatches drive wearable sales. Drones may fly under the radar, though. Interviews with nearly two dozen analysts indicate high hopes for holiday electronics sales, but estimates of what will be the hit have changed. Virtual Reality After dubbing virtual reality as the “next mega tech theme” in a May 2015 industry report, brokerage Piper Jaffray will cut ...
US Naval drone seized by China will be returned
Tensions between the US and China were raised earlier this week when a Chinese naval vessel operating in the South China Sea seized an underwater research drone belonging to the US Navy. The issue was quickly escalated when the US’s Department of Defense demanded the device’s return, while President-elect Donald Trump chimed in on Twitter, calling the seizure an “unprecedented … Continue reading...