DroneDeploy raises $20 million to advance aerial data collection

DroneDeploy is preparing for the official release of Part 107 with a new round of funding that will go toward building additional enterprise features and providing deeper insights for businesses. Following the news that the company’s software mapped more than 5 million acres in just a few short months, the company announced a US$20 million series B round of funding. This brings the total amount of funding to $31 million.

Aug 24, 2016 10:21:40 AM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

The Weather Company enters the drone industry

Drone operators not only have to worry about avoiding people and objects when their drone is up in the air; they also have to worry about avoiding bad weather conditions. No one wants their drone to be damaged by rain or get stuck in a severe storm. The Weather Company, an IBM business, has announced it is entering the drone space to improve drone operations.

Aug 3, 2016 2:18:05 PM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

Amazon Secures Partnership with British Government for Delivery Drones

Amazon struck a deal with Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority to start the development of drone deliveries that operate beyond line of sight (BLOS). This puts the U.K. ahead of the U.S. in paving the way for safe package delivery by drone.

Jul 26, 2016 11:15:44 AM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

DroneDeploy announces new integration for analyzing aerial imagery


Jun 29, 2016 2:53:16 PM

Topics: Releases, Startups and Partnerships

Dedrone raises $10 million to protect the airspace

On one hand drones can be used to do a lot of good; on the other hand, give drones to the wrong people and they can be destructive. Dedrone sees a flourishing future for the industry of drones, but it wants to make sure people on the ground are protected from the misuse of drones from above.

May 18, 2016 4:03:29 PM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

Kespry drones transforms worker life at Whitaker Contracting

When Whitaker Contracting project manager and estimator John Davenport was told his company was looking to integrate an unmanned aerial system into his daily work, he was very skeptical. “I thought this thing is a toy. I did not believe in it at all,” he said, “But when your boss says he wants you to look at this, then anyone with any sense is going to say ‘yes sir.’ ”

May 3, 2016 10:52:39 AM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships, Construction, Updates

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

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

Movidius and DJI team up on vision-based autonomy

Computer vision provider Movidius is helping bring new levels of autonomy to DJI’s latest drone, the Phantom 4. The company announced its vision-based autonomy technology will help the Phantom 4 sense and avoid obstacles in real time, and hover in a fixed position without the need for a GPS signal.

Mar 17, 2016 10:29:06 AM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships