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

DARPA works to help drones automatically avoid mid-air collisions

DARPA has announced its first successful flight using a new system that aims to help aircraft sense and avoid other aircraft. The research effort is being conducted through DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program. During its flight test, an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) used the technology to detect and track in real time a Cessna 172G aircraft approaching from various locations.

Apr 6, 2016 12:31:51 PM

3DR, DJI, GoPro and Parrot form the Drone Manufacturers Alliance

3DR, DJI, GoPro and Parrot have announced a new collaborative effort to promote innovation, ensure safety, and provide a practical and responsible regulatory framework for drones. The companies have announced the Drone Manufacturers Alliance, a coalition that aims to be the voice of drone manufacturers and customers across civilian, commercial, governmental, nonprofit, public safety, and recreational sectors.

Apr 5, 2016 10:21:03 AM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

DJI accuses Yuneec of patent infringement

DJI is going after Yuneec in a new patent infringement case. DJI has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Yuneec stating Yuneec’s products and technology infringe on two of DJI’s patents.

Apr 4, 2016 1:57:43 PM

Complier Enterprise wants to make drones useful

VDOS Global and RPAS Training & Solutions are joining forces to form Complier Enterprise, a new organization designed to help enterprise clients in North America, Australia and Africa take get into the drone industry.

Mar 31, 2016 10:55:12 AM

Topics: Releases

Airware brings aerial data to Fortune 500 companies

Commercial drone operating system provider Airware has announced it is partnering with Fortune 500 companies to deliver complete enterprise drone solutions. The company will be targeting insurance, utilities, telecom, and oil and gas sectors to improve operational efficiency, ensure compliance, enhance worker safety, and capture accurate and repeatable data to improve decision-making.

Mar 31, 2016 10:44:24 AM

Topics: Releases

FAA doubles ‘blanket’ altitude

Section 333 exemption holders and government aircraft operators are getting some more room to use their unmanned systems. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced it is doubling its “blanket” altitude authorization to 400 feet; the agency previously put a nationwide Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) at 200 feet.

Mar 29, 2016 3:47:29 PM

Topics: Regulation

D-NAS helps enable safer UAS flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently reported that too many drones are still getting too close to airports, but a newly announced system aims to change that. AirMap, in coordination with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), announced the launch of the Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS). D-NAS is designed to enable safer UAS flights by allowing operators to inform airports with real-time digital information about the location of their flights.

Mar 29, 2016 3:35:05 PM

DroneDeploy’s outlook on the drone industry

The future of drones is still uncertain, but companies have no doubt the industry is going to reach new heights and change the way we live our lives. One area drones have proven themselves useful is in data. Drones have the ability to collect aerial data that can provide insight into how crops are harvesting, how animals are behaving, how to better protect animals, and how to make industrial inspection and land surveying much safer and simpler.

Mar 24, 2016 10:39:03 AM