Drone delivery comes to Australia

While companies like Amazon, Google and Walmart wait to make their dreams of drone delivery a reality in the United States, Australia has already begun testing delivering small parcels via drones. The Australia Post has announced it is testing the new technology to deliver packages safely and securely to customers.

Apr 19, 2016 10:42:15 AM

Topics: Updates

DJI brings photography and cinematography to new heights

DJI is introducing a new solution for photography, filmmaking and industrial apps. The company has announced the Matrice 600, its next-generation aerial platform designed to give more power to photographers and cinematographers.

Apr 18, 2016 2:20:55 PM

Topics: Cinematography

Report: The commercial drone industry is growing

The commercial drone industry is already touching almost every sector of the economy today, and its reach is only expected to increase. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) released a study based on more than 3,000 FAA exemptions, finding that 38 types of businesses have been approved for drone operations, and the FAA has already granted drone exemptions in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Apr 14, 2016 11:56:47 AM

DJI drones to assist first responders

DJI drones will soon be taking on emergency missions across Europe. The company and the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) announced they will be teaming up to integrate drones as first responders in emergency situations.

Apr 14, 2016 10:43:32 AM

Topics: Search and Rescue

DJI streams first Facebook Live video at F8

Facebook announced a new system that will allow users to stream live video from any device on their the social media platform... even drones! DJI showed off Facebook Live video using its aerial platform Phantom 4 at Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference.

Apr 13, 2016 3:32:59 PM

Why DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro are forming their own drone alliance

When DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro announced they were forming a new group, the Drone Manufacturers Alliance, there were some questions left unanswered. Weren’t these companies originally a part of the Small UAV Coalition? Why did they leave? And how are these two initiatives going to coexist?

Apr 12, 2016 5:39:07 PM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

AirMap raises $15 million to advance its airspace management system

AirMap is announcing a US$15 million series A round of funding to advance its drone tools, promote air safety, and accelerate the use of drones in everyday life. AirMap provides services that aim to help drone operators see where they can and can’t fly.

Apr 8, 2016 12:28:31 PM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships, Control Systems

FAA tackles regulations for micro drones that operate over people

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently considering regulations that would allow certain small unmanned aircraft to operate over people who are not directly involved in their flight. The administration has developed the Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to come up with recommendations for performance-based regulations. The committee has made its final regulations publicly available.

Apr 7, 2016 10:59:19 AM

Topics: Regulation

Google granted patent for medical assistance drone

Google entered the drone delivery space in 2014, but has been mum about what it plans to deliver. The company was just awarded a new patent that gives new insight into the company’s drone delivery strategy.

Apr 6, 2016 5:18:09 PM

Topics: Search and Rescue, Patents

Navigating through the legal landscape for drones

There are a ton of technical hoops drones have to fly through before they can be truly mainstream. The technology is still developing and advancing on the way to making them into autonomous smart flying machines, but it isn’t only the technical hurdles drone operators have to be looking at. Before they can even prepare their drones for liftoff, they have ensure they are complying with all the legal regulations.

Apr 6, 2016 4:00:54 PM

Topics: Regulation