The UK is getting its first 24/7 police drone unit
The United Kingdom is launching what will end up being the first ever 24/7 police drone unit in all of Great Britain. The finer details about the drone force still need to be ironed out, namely who will be managing the new unit. The unit is being assembled by the Devon and Cornish Police, according to a local publication, and … Continue reading...
Someone used a $3 million Patriot missile to destroy a store-bought quadcopter
A U.S. Army general this week revealed that an ally used a $3 million Patriot missile to destroy a $200 quadcopter that it deemed a threat. It seems like it might be a good time to check out a few of the other solutions available. The post Someone used a $3 million Patriot missile to destroy a store-bought quadcopter appeared first on Digital Trends....
If it takes off, this tiny quadcopter could be something special
The diminutive Kudrone looks like it could be an amazing bit of kit, with the mini quadcopter promising a slew of features at a decent price point. Shipping is set to start in August, 2017. The post If it takes off, this tiny quadcopter could be something special appeared first on Digital Trends.
The best drone you can buy
To help you navigate the increasingly large and ever-changing landscape of consumer UAVs, we put together a definitive list of the best drones on the planet right now. Enjoy! The post The best drone you can buy appeared first on Digital Trends.
DJI challenges FAA’s low-risk drone maximum weight limit
Drone company DJI has challenged the Federal Aviation Administration’s maximum weight limit for so-called “low risk drones,” saying it is too low. As it stands, the FAA says that low-risk drones must have a maximum weight of 250 grams. That’s at odds with a new white paper published by DJI claiming that, per its own research, low-risk drones can have … Continue reading...
Airbus just pulled the wraps off its ‘flying car’ concept, and it looks amazing
Last year Airbus published a few ropey-looking images of some idea it had about a flying car. Seven months on and it's gone and built a full-scale concept, and it's currently wowing crowds at this week's Geneva Motor Show. The post Airbus just pulled the wraps off its ‘flying car’ concept, and it looks amazing appeared first on Digital Trends....
John Deere partners with Kespry to bring drones and aerial data to construction and forestry
 Heavy equipment makers Deere & Co., better known as John Deere, have forged a strategic alliance with drone-tech startup Kespry, the companies announced Tuesday in Las Vegas at CONEXPO, an international trade show for the construction industry. The deal could prove a boon for sales of Kespry’s drones and data analytics software. It could help John Deere tap into a new, high-tech means… Read More ...
Snapchat users could soon have a drone to go with their Spectacles
It's already enjoying success with its camera-equipped Spectacles, so how about a Snapchat drone? Snap has reportedly been looking into the idea of a drone with a camera that could integrate with its popular app. The post Snapchat users could soon have a drone to go with their Spectacles appeared first on Digital Trends.
Snap Inc working on a drone to take overhead videos and photo says report
Snapchat’s owner Snap Inc has worked on a drone that could help users take overhead videos and photographs and then feed that visual data to the company, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. It was unclear when or if Snap’s drones would become available to consumers, New York Times said. Snap Inc could not be immediately reached for comment. Earlier, GoPro launched its own drone camera called Karma with not much success yet. The company recalled Karma in November to resolve a perf...
Rattle cattle with a drone in this U.S. state and you could end up in the slammer
Remotely controlled copters can be great fun, but a few people can't help but use them for nefarious purposes. Intimidating cattle is apparently now a thing, and one U.S. state wants to throw perpetrators in jail. The post Rattle cattle with a drone in this U.S. state and you could end up in the slammer appeared first on Digital Trends....
This flamethrower drone is coming in really handy for a Chinese power company
For this Chinese power company, it seems ladders and hydraulic platforms just don't cut it when it comes to clearing trash caught on power lines. That's why it's started using a flamethrower drone instead. The post This flamethrower drone is coming in really handy for a Chinese power company appeared first on Digital Trends.
FAA: reported drone collisions with aircraft are all unverified
The Federal Aviation Administration has released its latest report detailing the number of claims it has received about drone sightings near aircraft and alleged consumer drone collisions with aircraft. Though it has received ‘several’ pilot reports of drones colliding with airplanes, the Administration says that none of the reports have been proven true following an investigation, with causes instead including … Continue reading...
AirMap raises $26 million to manage air traffic as drone use surges
 Lower airspace isn’t crowded with drones quite yet. But as drones become more pervasive, a startup called AirMap is building software and systems to help drone operators fly only where it’s safe and legal to do so. The task will prove completely different from that of managing airliners as we do today, says AirMap CEO and cofounder Ben Marcus who is also serving as the co-chair for… Read More ...
AirMap raises $26 million to manage air traffic as drone use surges
 Lower airspace isn’t crowded with drones quite yet. But as drones become more pervasive, a startup called AirMap is building software and system to help drone operators fly only where it’s safe and legal to do so. The task will prove completely different than that of managing airliners as we do today, says AirMap CEO and cofounder Ben Marcus who is also serving as the co-chair for… Read More ...
Watch this drone-launching UPS truck send an octocopter on a delivery run
UPS knows that strict flight regulations mean drone deliveries in urban areas are still a ways off. So it's converted one of its trucks into a drone launch vehicle that it hopes to one day use in rural areas. The post Watch this drone-launching UPS truck send an octocopter on a delivery run appeared first on Digital Trends.
UPS tests show delivery drones still need work
 On a blueberry farm outside of Tampa, Florida, on Monday, UPS tested the use of drones for residential delivery for the first time. The logistics juggernaut specifically launched an octocopter, or multi-rotor drone, from the top of a delivery van. The drone delivered a package directly to a home, then returned to the van which had now moved down the road to a new location. The van pulled… Read More ...
Ornithologists are using drones to eavesdrop on songbirds
 When conservationists put drones to work in field research, they typically function as flying eyes that gather imagery of the habitat and wildlife below. Now, ornithologists from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania are using drones as flying ears to monitor songbirds in the Appalachian Mountains. Results of their drone study were published in the peer-reviewed journal The Auk:… Read More ...
Amazon’s delivery drones could use parachutes to drop off packages
Instead of landing its delivery drones in people's yards, Amazon might drop off packages using a parachute. A newly granted patent suggests a package's descent could also be controlled using compressed air and landing flaps. The post Amazon’s delivery drones could use parachutes to drop off packages appeared first on Digital Trends....
Bengaluru firm to supply micro engines for drones
Bengaluru-based Intech DMLS, a metal printing firm, is in the process of developing a series of micro and small jet engines to power unmanned aerial vehicles and remote controlled small aircraft. The company will display India’s first engine developed in the private sector at the ongoing Aero India in the Karnataka capital. “We have developed four engines with thrusts of 20 kg-force (kgf), 40 kgf and 100 kgf and a small engine with thrust of 350 kgf,” Sridhar Balaram, Managing ...
Bengaluru firm to supply micro engines for drones
Bengaluru-based Intech DMLS, a metal printing firm, is in the process of developing a series of micro and small jet engines to power unmanned aerial vehicles and remote controlled small aircraft. The company will display India’s first engine developed in the private sector at the ongoing Aero India in the Karnataka capital. “We have developed four engines with thrusts of 20 kg-force (kgf), 40 kgf and 100 kgf and a small engine with thrust of 350 kgf,” Sridhar Balaram, Managing ...