Polly want a Disco?

Insane giant drone for consumers will fly at 50 mph Forget everything you know about the personal drone market and get ready to meet this big, badass Disco drone. It’s Parrot’s still-in-the-project-stage consumer wing drone that is set to put the consumer flyer market on its ear (or wing). Looking like a cross between Virgin […]Read more…

Drones banned on Waikato District Council reserves

CHRISTEL YARDLEY/FAIRFAX NZ Brin Hitchens and his drone that Waikato District Council won’t let him fly. A Waikato council has banned the flying of model aircraft and drones on its reserves without permission. Ngaradrone aerial photography business owner Brin Hitchens, of Ngaruawahia, described Waikato District Council’s reserve management plan as draconian. The management plan prohibits […]Read more…

Polytechnique students developing drone run by artificial intelligence

Team Élikos chosen as finalist at the International Aerial Robotics competition Élikos team members check their drone before a run at the International Aerial Robotics Competition in Atlanta in August. (Élikos/Facebook) Students at Montreal’s École Polytechnique are hoping their drone will be the first to fly without a GPS or a human at the controls. The team […]Read more…

Researchers Advance Autonomous ISR Technology

 The OPISR software and communications subsystem for autonomous vehicles allows unmanned systems to make critical decisions on the fly so that warfighters directly receive intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data more efficiently than traditional unmanned systems can provide. Carnegie Mellon’s Crusher vehicle is capable of operating autonomously in a wide range of complex, off-road terrains. Autonomous […]Read more…

DJI just launched new software to stop its drones from flying in restricted airspace

On Thursday, drone manufacturer DJI launched a beta version of its new “geofencing” system, something the company says will keep its drones from flying into restricted airspace. The new feature is called Geospatial Environment Online (GEO), and it will let users know about areas where drone flight is restricted, either due to regulations or because of safety […]Read more…

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