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Construction industry ready for take-off with drone technology

A wider use of drones in the construction industry is predicted over the next couple of years, according to industry insider Ian Tansey of ProDroneWorx.

Boeing’s prototype drone carries over 200 kilos

Boeing has launched the prototype of a new drone that has the capacity to carry much more than a camera. The new craft can carry a heavy payload, ideal for the transportation of goods over short distances.

Drones can transform the insurance sector

Unmanned aerial vehicles can help the insurance sector deliver faster services. Drones are being tested to carry out inspections of houses prior to claims being paid out.

Dutch police ground drone-fighting eagles

Den Haag - Dutch police have clipped the wings of their airborne drone-fighting force of eagles, and fired their winged warriors deeming them too expensive and too unruly to be effective.

FAA reports civilian drone safety incidents are soaring

The number of reported drone safety incidents has grown dramatically this year, with close to as many mishaps in the first nine months of 2017 as there was in all of last year, according to the FAA.

Drones could help crop management take off according to study

The use of drones, unmanned aerial systems, could help farmers determine if their crop is growing satisfactorily, according to a recent study conducted by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture researchers.

Why farmers need advanced imaging: Interview Special

Today, farming and technology are becoming one. A key example is with imaging technology to help optimize crop production. To obtain an overview of the agriculture imaging technology sector we spoke with Ashwin Madgavkar of Ceres Imaging.

Using drones in large warehouses to prevent inventory mismatches

Boston - Drone technology is more often associated with outside activities. However, drones can also be used internally to a business, such as in a warehouse. Technologists have developed a system that allows aerial drones to read RFID tags tens of meters away.

Brain controlled drones within the next five years

Drones are well-established and used in a variety of fields. One downside is that using multiple drones requires multiple human operators, which presents a coordination problem. Researchers have a solution: brain control.

Disruption and opportunities with expansion of agribusiness drones

A new report by Ipsos Business Consulting highlights opportunities for the adoption and growth of agriculture drones within Asia. Agriculture drones increased 344 percent between 2013 and 2015, rising in sales from US$ 94.1 million to US$ 323.9 million.

Advances in AI will aid in autonomous industrial inspections

Avitas Systems has partnered with Nvidia to use artificial intelligence, drones and analytics to improve inspections of industrial infrastructure such as power lines, oil rigs and other sites.

Soaring commercial drone use heightens 'privacy invasion' fears

The surge in commercial drone usage risks the "invasion of privacy" and personal injury, according to a study released today. As the business applications of drones increase, the survey authors say new tailored insurance policies will be needed.

France to start using armed drones

Toulon - France unveiled plans on Tuesday to start using armed drones, joining a growing number of countries worldwide to operate the deadly unmanned aircraft.

Drones to get 'stealth' mode because of cyber-vulnerabilities

DJI, the world's largest drone maker, is developing a "stealth" mode for its drones so they can fly without transmitting data over the Internet. The news comes just weeks after the US Army prohibited their use over cyber-security concerns.

3M partnership will use drones for wind turbine maintenance

Santa Cruz - To reduce wind turbine downtime that can affect annual energy production, 3M has announced an agreement with Camp Six Labs to apply 3M products to wind turbine blades using soon-to-be-developed robotic applicators.

U.K. to require mandatory drone registration

London - Drones, both consumer and business types, in U.K. airspace will require registration. This is due to a rise in drone related incidents.

Fastest drone in the world highlights aerial progress

Unmanned aerial vehicles are growing in popularity for businesses and fro consumers. a new world record for fastest drone highlights the continuing advances in drone technology.

Drones are helping the construction industry to reach new heights

The building site of the future will look very different. Instead of dozens of men and women in high visibility jackets things will look far more futuristic with drones buzzing overhead, robotic bulldozers and 3D printers churning out new structures.

Owl wings may lead to noise-reduction mechanism in wind turbines

A new study that looked carefully at how an owl's wings act as noise-suppressors could lead to a solution that would allow aircraft, helicopters, drones and wind turbines to operate quietly.

It is against the law to fly drones near wildfires in the U.S.

Prescott - Just days after a drone forced firefighting aircraft out of the sky over the raging Goodwin Fire in Arizona, the drone operator has been arrested. The 54-year-old man is facing multiple charges.

Drone technology will transform and not replace our jobs

Today, drones are planting trees, aiding emergency personnel, doing search-and-rescue and delivering packages. Does this mean that these machines will be taking jobs done by humans? One tech expert says no, but they will likely transform jobs.

Japan to operate self-navigating cargo ships soon

Tokyo - Developments with autonomous vehicles are set to become much bigger with Japan planning to have gigantic self-navigating cargo ships on the oceans by 2025.

China's version of Amazon already using drones for delivery

Beijing - It has been four years since Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced us to the company's newest innovation, a drone that would deliver packages to our doorsteps within 30 minutes of ordering. China's Amazon clone, JD.com has beaten them to it.

Solar power is key to extended drone flights

As with many things battery powered drones have a finite time to function after which the power runs out. One means to make longer flights possible is with the application of solar power. This has been looked at by the Naval Research Laboratory.

'Drones: Is the sky the limit?' First major museum exhibit opens

New York - Today, drones have become so much a part of our lives that almost everyone wants one. However, twenty years ago, this certainly wasn't the case. A new exhibit opened today that traces drones from their beginnings up through today and into the future.

Latvian daredevil in 'drone-diving' world first

Taurene - A Latvian tech company is claiming a world first after successfully test-flying a super-powered drone which lifted a daredevil skydiver aloft, from where he parachuted safely back down to earth.

UN aviation agency seeks public input on drone tracking

Montr - The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on Wednesday asked the public for feedback on a proposal to track drones in real-time around the world to avoid collisions with jetliners.

Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones

Mont-de-marsan - Faced with the risk of drones being used to snoop or carry out attacks on French soil, the air force is showing its claws.

Using advanced technology to make drones more robust

Drones are becoming more commonplace; however, one thing holding back the wider use of drones is the ability of the craft to cope with extreme weather. A university has been investigating how improvements can be made.

'Dronejacking' may be the next big cyber threat

Washington - A big rise in drone use is likely to lead to a new wave of "dronejackings" by cybercriminals, security experts warned Tuesday.
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