Small Drone Makes Its Own Map to Navigate Indoors (Video)

Commercial drones are starting to be used for tasks like inspecting oil rigs and crops. But they still require a highly skilled human pilot, and even those that are semi-autonomous usually use prebuilt maps or access the data over a wireless link.

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich are making drones more independent. They have demonstrated a small drone that can build its own 3-D map of an unfamiliar environment with minimal help from a human operator, and then plan its own routes around a space and its obstacles autonomously. Continue reading “Small Drone Makes Its Own Map to Navigate Indoors (Video)”

Commercial use of drones in Czech Republic has tripled since last year

The number of drones used commercially by both state institutions and private firms in the Czech Republic has been rising and it has tripled since last year, Czech Civil Aviation Authority (ÚCL) spokesman Vítězslav Hezký has told the Czech News Agency.

Drones help check electricity pylons, they uncover defects in the construction of new roads and soon they will also help the police and firefighters in their actions. Continue reading “Commercial use of drones in Czech Republic has tripled since last year”

Sony Venture Launches Drone Protoype Addressed to Business Customers (Video)

Aerosense, Sony Corp.’s joint-venture drone company, Monday unveiled a prototype of the flying machines it will use to serve business customers. The airplane-shaped drones will take off and land vertically, and are expected to carry objects weighing up to 22 pounds, and fly for more than two hours at a maximum speed of 106 miles an hour. Continue reading “Sony Venture Launches Drone Protoype Addressed to Business Customers (Video)”