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Google Project Wing drone delivery testing will take place in US

Google Project Wing drone delivery testing will take place in US

Google has been given the go-ahead to test its Project Wing delivery drones in the United States, permission announced by the White House itself to highlight research in the field of UAVs. The Project Wing testing is set to eclipse Amazon’s own drone testing, becoming the currently largest drone delivery trials in the U.S. Google will be given access to one of half a dozen drone testing sites approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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STAAKER is an auto-follow drone with an ironic name

STAAKER is an auto-follow drone with an ironic name

The STAAKER drone follows its user around so long as they wear its heavy-duty smart wristband. This wristband is made to withstand some large amounts of punishment, and the entire setup was made for hardcore x-games-type athletes to record themselves performing fabulous stunts. This drone is able to travel 50 MPH (80 KMH), so it'll relatively easily be able to keep up with even the fastest of enthusiast-level downhill snowboarders.

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DJI and uAvionix partner to introduce ADS-B collision avoidance dev kits

DJI and uAvionix partner to introduce ADS-B collision avoidance dev kits

Drones are everywhere these days, and their presence in the skies often brings up questions of air traffic safety. With corporations and consumers both adopting drones at a fast pace, some may be concerned by the possibility of mid-air collisions or drones that make their way into restricted airspace. DJI and uAvionix are looking to solve that issue with a new partnership that will see collision avoidance developer kits come to DJI's drones.

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Amazon gets UK OK to test drones for Prime Air deliveries

Amazon gets UK OK to test drones for Prime Air deliveries

Facing some big hurdles from government regulators in the US, Amazon might be searching for less resistance elsewhere. The company has just proudly revealed it has gotten the green light from the UK government to conduct drone flight tests in the country. This would get the ball rolling in bringing Prime Air, the company's drone delivery service, into the UK. Provided, of course, it manages to demonstrate how safe its drones are and how capable it is at operating those from a rather remote distance.

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7-Eleven makes first Slurpee delivery by drone

7-Eleven makes first Slurpee delivery by drone

While commercial drone delivery still has a long way to go before meeting all the regulations set by the FAA and other agencies, the convenience store chain 7-Eleven has conducted its first successful delivery flight. The delivery was made in partnership between 7-Eleven and Flirtey, a drone delivery startup, and saw a private homeowner in Reno, Nevada receive Slurpees and other snack foods sent from a local store.

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Facebook’s Aquila drone has a successful first full-scale flight

Facebook’s Aquila drone has a successful first full-scale flight

At dawn on June 28, Facebook’s Aquila drone took its first flight; it was a success and marked a new major milestone in Facebook’s effort to bring Internet access to remote parts of the world. Much like Google’s Project Loon — though distinctly different in many ways — Facebook’s eyeing the sky as a way to beam Internet to villages and rural communities below. Rather than using balloons, though, the social network has elected to use very wide but relatively light drones that sip solar power and can spend long periods of time in the sky.

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Teal Drone looks to push limits with high speed and modular design

Teal Drone looks to push limits with high speed and modular design

Drones are becoming more and more commonplace in every day life, and for someone who knows what they want out of a drone, there are plenty of options to choose from. From racing to aerial photography, drones are capable of doing quite a bit. But what about the person who knows they want a drone but doesn't know what they want to do with that drone? The Teal drone has just come racing onto the scene trying to solve that very problem.

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Drone operator arrested for flying over California forest fire

Drone operator arrested for flying over California forest fire

Strict regulations have been implemented regarding the use of drones, and while it is legal to operate them as a hobbyist, there are so-called “no fly zones” in which such flights are against the law. While in some cases it is okay to fly a drone, there are situations where it temporarily may not be acceptable — and a wild fire is one such example, as a drone could create risk if firefighters try to use planes to douse the flames. It's for this reason that one hobbyist drone operator was arrested in California.

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AT&T looks to drones to improve its LTE service

AT&T looks to drones to improve its LTE service

Although a favorite among geeks, techies, and Pokemon Go players, drones aren't always welcome in all places and at all times. Some have even taken to shooting them from the sky, if a bird of prey doesn't get to it first, that is. Undaunted by that mixed perception of such flying robots, AT&T is still looking to the skies. The carrier has revealed ongoing work to use drones to improve its LTE coverage, especially in densely packed areas and events as well as aid it in the maintenance of its infrastructure.

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DJI and Hasselblad launch drone bundle for aerial photography

DJI and Hasselblad launch drone bundle for aerial photography

Remember back in November when DJI acquired a stake in Hasselblad? We’re seeing the fruits of that today, with the two companies launching a drone bundle that includes all the equipment needed to take some great aerial photographs. As expected, the bundle is composed of hardware from both companies, with Hasselblad taking care of the photography aspects and DJI furnishing the drone itself.

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Nivea seagull drone poops sunscreen on kids at the beach

Nivea seagull drone poops sunscreen on kids at the beach

Just how far will you go to advertise your product? In Nivea's case, it took to the skies and then dropped the crap. And we mean that almost literally. Its entry at the Titanium and Integrated Lions at Cannes this year involved a drone dressed up as a seagull flying over the beach. But while its distant cousin the pelican delivered babies, the Nivea seagull dropped a payload of a different kind, squirting uncooperative toddlers with sunscreen coming out of its lower extremities.

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Starship Technologies now testing self-driving delivery drones

Starship Technologies now testing self-driving delivery drones

In November of last year, we talked a bit about a company called Starship Technologies that wanted to deliver packages to your door using little autonomous drone vehicles that look like a cooler on three wheels. Starship has anncouend that it has now launched its testing program for self-driving delivery robots in cooperation with major industry partners. Partners in the delivery program include Just Eat, a European food delivery firm, Hermes (a German delivery service), Metro Group, and a food delivery startup in London called Pronto.co.uk.

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