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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.

Disney's 'Starbright Holidays' features LED-lit dancing drones

Florida's Disney World is offering up a new type of holiday entertainment this year that is sure to create a lot of excitement with children and adults alike. "Starbright Holidays" will feature 300 LED-lit dancing drones in the night sky.

Troubled GoPro announces recall of its just launched drone

Action camera manufacturer GoPro has announced a full recall of its $799 Karma drone after reports of devices losing power while in use. The device launched only a few weeks ago and was intended to revive the fortunes of the struggling company.

Drones help identify post-Hurricane Matthew needs in Haiti

Jeremie - On a football field in the Haitian town of Jeremie, children gather to gape at a drone preparing to take off and document damage to the area caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Amazon wins patent for pocket-sized, voice-controlled drone

Amazon.com has won a patent for a voice-controlled, pocket-sized unmanned aerial vehicle assistant (UAV) that will be lighter, smaller, and less expensive than conventional UAVs.

Op-Ed: Pentagon confirms a new threat: ISIS using exploding drones

Two Kurdish fighters were killed this month after a small commercially available drone they had shot down exploded while they were attempting to disassemble the machine.

Facebook plans to test low-flying drones above its headquarters

The skies above Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters may soon be buzzing with the sound of quadcopter drones. Recently filed documents with the FCC show that Facebook has requested the right to operate an experimental radio in the 2.4 GHz band.

Data plans for drones could be available as soon as next year

Verizon Communications has been working on a project that would provide mobile connectivity to drones, and next year the company says they will begin selling data plans.

How drone usage is reshaping America's infrastructure

In the 1980s, the IT revolution upended the way companies do business while completely transforming our economy. Now we have the same thing happening with drone technologies as the potential for commercial drones in the infrastructure sector take off.

U.S. government pays out to family of man killed by drone strike

The U.S. government has admitted that Giovanni Lo Porto and Warren Weinstein, two aid workers in Pakistan, were killed in a counter-terrorism mission by U.S. military drones.
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DJI Phantom Aerial Quadcopter with the GoPro camera.
DJI Phantom Aerial Quadcopter with the GoPro camera.
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GoPro Karma
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Warren Weinstein (L) and Giovanni Lo Porto
Warren Weinstein (L) and Giovanni Lo Porto
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Supporters of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa Islamic organization hold placards and party flags as they shout sl...
Supporters of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa Islamic organization hold placards and party flags as they shout slogans during a protest against U.S. drone attacks. The banner in Urdu reads, "Barbaric drone attacks on innocent tribal people is blatant state terrorism by America"
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A weaponised drone.
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Areas where drones will be restricted.
Areas where drones will be restricted.
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A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
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The drone model envisaged for work inside the reactor buildings at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nucl...
The drone model envisaged for work inside the reactor buildings at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant would have six propellers and the ability to replace its own batteries.
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A surveillance drone used in London during the Olympics
A surveillance drone used in London during the Olympics
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kespry drone doing an insurance inspection in June of 2017.
kespry drone doing an insurance inspection in June of 2017.
Kespry Drone Solutions
Once a package gets to the landing pad  an employee will deliver it to the costomer.
Once a package gets to the landing pad, an employee will deliver it to the costomer.
JD.com
Drones like this DJI Phantom are being used by ISIS because they are readily available commercially.
Drones like this DJI Phantom are being used by ISIS because they are readily available commercially.
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AEROSONDE UAV
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Aerial photograph and plan of earthworks at Fazenda Colorada made up of clear geometric shapes. Excavations suggest inhabitants lived in the three-sided square
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Giant Jelly
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A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
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A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
DoD photo
JD.com uses an innovative automated drone delivery system to get goods to consumers in rural areas.
JD.com uses an innovative automated drone delivery system to get goods to consumers in rural areas.
JD.com
CBP Air and Marine Predator Bs on the flightline for border protection duties
CBP Air and Marine Predator Bs on the flightline for border protection duties
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