The University of Leeds is leading a pioneering £4.2m national infrastructure research project with the vision of creating self-repairing cities.
The project will develop small robots to identify problems with utility pipes, street lights and roads and fix them with minimal environmental impact and disruption to the public. Continue reading “University of Leeds is leading a pioneering £4.2m national project with the vision of creating self-repairing cities”
The market for military drones is expected to almost double by 2024 to beyond $10 billion (€8.9 billion), according to a report published Friday by specialist defense publication IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review.
“The global defense and security market for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will expand at 5.5 percent per year over this decade, from the current figure of $6.4 billion,” according to the analysis. Continue reading “Drone Market to Reach $10 Billion by 2024”
People could soon see more drones in the sky thanks, in part, to leading chip manufacturer Qualcomm QCOM -0.09% .
The company recently announced it was launching a new platform called Snapdragon Flight, which will make it easier (and cheaper) for companies to create unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Continue reading “Drone Revolution: World's Largest Companies Keen on Launching their own Drone Business”
Posti, the Finnish postal service, started experimenting with drone delivery today. For four days, Posti will use drones to deliver packages bought online to customers in Helsinki, between the mainland and an island just off shore. Continue reading “Finnish Postal Operator Posti Tests Parcel Deliveries Using a Robotic Drone Helicopter”
Big IT companies have largely been mum on plans to use drones, but emerging technology from Bay-area startup PreNav appears to have at least intrigued wireless service providers and cell phone tower operators. Continue reading “PreNav beta-testing drone- and cloud-based inspection system (Video)”
Intel just announced a more than $60 million investment into Shanghai-based drone maker Yuneec. The news comes the same week that fellow Chinese drone company Ehang raised $42 million, and Sony unveiled its own drone prototype due out in early 2016. Continue reading “Intel Announces $60mn Investment in Shanghai-Based Drone Maker”
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)”
”What the Internet did for immaterial goods, the unmanned cargo aircraft will do for material goods,” predicts Dr. Hans Heerkens from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems at University of Twente, Netherlands. Continue reading “Vision of Future: "What the Internet did for immaterial goods, the unmanned cargo aircraft will do for material goods"”
If James Bond had a drone, it would soar through the skies in search of bad guys, and then dive-bomb into the ocean, seamlessly transforming into an underwater evil-lair-seeking submarine. Continue reading “Boeing Patent Drone is Designed with Components that Automatically Separate When it Hits Water”
Facebook has built the first full-scale version of its connectivity drone today, a V-shaped high-altitude device meant to connect people in underserved areas. Its eventual fleet of drones will be part of the company’s plan to bring Internet service to billions of people around the world. Continue reading “Facebook to Test Connectivity Drone That Can Deliver Internet at 10 Gigabits a Second (Video)”