Drones

UPS will develop a fleet of VTOL drones for unmanned deliveries

UPS will develop a fleet of VTOL drones for unmanned deliveries

UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF), a subsidiary of the delivery company UPS, has teamed up with Wingcopter, a German drone manufacturer, to develop a new fleet of quieter delivery drones. These new drones will be designed with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities (VTOL) and they'll be used for various delivery purposes both in the United States and internationally.

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DJI Mavic Air 2 photos leak shows off an all too familiar face

DJI Mavic Air 2 photos leak shows off an all too familiar face

It has been barely five months since DJI last launched a new drone, the Mavic Mini, but its main line hasn't seen any action in more than a year. There have been rumors of a Mavic 3 Pro that is obviously still a no-show by now. If this batch of photos are real, DJI doesn't seem ready to go there just yet and will, instead, while drone fans' time away with yet another iteration of its successful but aging Mavic 2 series.

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Drones can echolocate like bats with a speaker and quartet of mics

Drones can echolocate like bats with a speaker and quartet of mics

Scientists have devised a new method to allow drones to navigate their surroundings by taking inspiration from bats. Researchers have found that drones can echolocate within their surroundings using four microphones and a speaker with the help of some algebra and geometry. Researchers on the team say that the work also has potential uses in underwater vehicles and cars.

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US Navy deploys anti-drone laser on its USS Dewey destroyer

US Navy deploys anti-drone laser on its USS Dewey destroyer

The US Navy has deployed 'Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy,' a new weapon better referred to as ODIN. This device is defensive in nature -- it is designed to take down unwanted and potentially dangerous Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), more commonly called drones. The laser was installed on the USS Dewey, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.

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New Interior Department rule will target drones made in China

New Interior Department rule will target drones made in China

The Interior Department will issue a new rule grounding its China-made drones tomorrow, according to a new report. The restriction would only allow drones made in China or that feature Chinese components to be operated in emergency situations including natural disasters. This move follows the Interior Department's grounding of its drone fleet in late 2019 over security concerns.

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EVO 2 folding 8K camera drone will take on DJI

EVO 2 folding 8K camera drone will take on DJI

Autel Robotics has taken the wraps off EVO 2, its own drone product unveiled at CES 2020. The company claims that its foldable drone is exceedingly advanced and powerful, offering up to an 8K video camera, long flight time, and high speeds. The drone will be offered in different configurations, including a Pro version with a 6K camera and a Dual version that also packs a FLIR thermal camera.

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PowerVision PowerEgg X is a personal AI camera that can fly

PowerVision PowerEgg X is a personal AI camera that can fly

PowerVision has introduced PowerEgg X, a product that it describes as an AI-powered personal camera that can fly. This drone is designed around its camera capabilities -- this is a product you'd use to capture a stunning shot of your favorite activities, though it could also be used for other situations in which a camera drone would prove useful, including land surveying. At the heart of the device is its 4K/60fps camera.

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FAA proposes new rule to easily ID rogue drones – and track the rest

FAA proposes new rule to easily ID rogue drones – and track the rest

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has published its Remote ID rule proposal, detailing the system it envisions for identifying and locating the vast majority of drones operated in the United States. Under the proposed rule, drones that weigh more than 0.55lbs, including ones used exclusively for recreation, would be required to broadcast identifying information using one or two different acceptable methods.

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Turkey’s military drones will bring machine guns to the air

Turkey’s military drones will bring machine guns to the air

They may be mostly considered today as annoying toys but the origin of drones can hardly be considered innocent. Originally used to describe unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs the size or small planes, drones have become even smaller to the point that consumers could take them around for entertainment or professional photography use. Armed forces around the world, however, are using the same advancement in drone technology to improve their original purpose. Turkey, however, maybe literally taking that to new heights with a drone that comes bearing arms.

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Skydio 2 first impressions: Autopilot drone is a clear high-flier

Skydio 2 first impressions: Autopilot drone is a clear high-flier

Drones are fun, but learning how to fly drones effectively is generally a lot less fun, and that's where Skydio 2 comes in. The second-generation of the autopilot drone, it's smaller, faster, and smarter than its predecessor, not to mention considerably cheaper. I've been testing it out, and already I'm impressed.

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DJI mobile app will let anyone identify drones in flight

DJI mobile app will let anyone identify drones in flight

Drones have become more common these days especially in the consumer market. All sorts and sizes of flying robots, controlled by phones or dedicated controllers can be found in any toy store and hobby store. The use of drones extends to business and even military which has naturally raised red flags when it comes to privacy. But while most groups are calling for stricter drone regulations, DJI is offering an alternative that would allow anyone with a smartphone to identify registered drones flying as far as 1 kilometer away.

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UPS starts delivering CVS prescriptions to customers using drones

UPS starts delivering CVS prescriptions to customers using drones

Under the partnership the two announced late last month, UPS was revealed that it is now delivering prescription drugs to customers using its drone delivery service. The first two prescription deliveries under the program took place on November 1, according to UPS, which used an M2 delivery drone from Matternet. The service kicked off only a couple of weeks after Alphabet's Wing started delivering goods for Walgreens.

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