University of Leeds is leading a pioneering £4.2m national project with the vision of creating self-repairing cities

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”

Drone Market to Reach $10 Billion by 2024

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”

Drone Revolution: World's Largest Companies Keen on Launching their own Drone Business

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”

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)”

Vision of Future: "What the Internet did for immaterial goods, the unmanned cargo aircraft will do for material goods"

”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"”

Facebook to Test Connectivity Drone That Can Deliver Internet at 10 Gigabits a Second (Video)

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)”