Iris Automation to advance autonomous industrial drones

Drone technology startup Iris Automation is looking to expand and improve its advanced collision-avoidance system for industrial drones with a new round of funding. The company announced it has raised US$1.5 million to commercialize its sense-and-avoid system, and to enable drones to fly autonomously.

Jan 19, 2017 9:43:24 AM

Topics: Inspection, Control Systems

FAA fines SkyPan for violation of UAS regulations

SkyPan, an aerial photography company, is going to have to pay a hefty fine for violating the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone rules. The FAA announced it reached a settlement in which SkyPan will pay a US$200,000 civil penalty.

Jan 18, 2017 4:03:28 PM

Measure to expand its drone-as-a-service offering with new funding

Drone-as-a-service company Measure wants to expand its drone service to enterprise customers. The company announced a US$15 million series B round of funding. The funding will be used to help Measure acquire, process and deliver actionable aerial data.

Jan 17, 2017 3:32:42 PM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

Kespry gets new CEO to grow its industrial drone business

Kespry, an artificial intelligence platform provider, is restructuring its leadership in order to widen its mark on the industrial drone industry. The company announced George Mathew will be taking the reins from Paul Doersch as CEO and chairman. Doersch will remain a shareholder of the company.

Jan 12, 2017 10:38:24 AM

Topics: Construction, Updates

Lily Robotics brings its drone to an end

Make no mistake: The emerging drone industry is a competitive one, and it will take the lives of many businesses on its path to widespread adoption. Lily Robotics is the latest casualty in the industry. Lily’s cofounders Antoine Balaresque and Henry Bradlow announced plans to wind down the company and refund its customers.

Jan 12, 2017 10:23:06 AM

Parrot to lay off a portion of its drone staff

Parrot has made a name for itself in the drone industry, but it needs to do more if it wants to keep up with the market. The company just released its fourth quarter 2016 report, which showed a drop in revenue. According to the report, the company had revenues of €85 million, below its target of €100 million.

Jan 10, 2017 3:08:44 PM

Topics: Updates

Yuneec expands its commercial drone offerings

Yuneec is starting the year off with a bigger focus on its commercial drone offerings. The company announced the H520: a new six-rotor drone designed for commercial applications. The H520 is designed to fly longer and hold a greater payload while still ensuring precision and safety.

Jan 5, 2017 10:32:01 AM

Topics: Releases, Updates

GoPro’s Karma to relaunch this year

GoPro aims to make a comeback with its Karma drone this year. The drone was taken off the market last year due to performance issues. After a series of improvements and testing, the company is ready to bring it back to the market.

Jan 5, 2017 10:17:07 AM

Topics: Releases

What’s to come for the drone industry in 2017

The drone industry is still in its early stages, but it is rapidly growing and evolving every year. In 2015, we saw the birth of new hardware and equipment. In 2016, we saw a focus more on what the drone can do with the data it collects rather than on just the drone. 2016 also saw the finalization of Part 107, allowing small drones to be used for commercial use. Now we are in a new year, with a new President taking office—it is going to be an interesting year for drones.

Jan 4, 2017 1:48:22 PM

The weirdest drone usages of 2016

As the drone industry has emerged, so have new business opportunities. Photography, videography, real estate, journalism, search and rescue, and even insurance companies have taken hold of the new technology, while others have been a little bit more creative with their use of drones. 

Dec 29, 2016 10:14:35 AM