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Push to teach drone owners about safety after near misses

Daily Mail

Currently it is almost impossible to trace a gadget spotted flying in restricted airspace. The Government has stressed the tougher rules are not aimed at small children flying light plastic drones sold in many toy shops. By registering drones and introducing safety awareness tests to educate users, we can reduce the inadvertent breaching of airspace restrictions to protect the public.' Pilots have long warned a'disaster' is inevitable unless tougher laws are introduced.


'My fingers were almost cut off by a drone'

BBC News

On Saturday, the government announced plans to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses for owners of drones. Commenting on the new government plans, he added: "I think it's a good idea because we shouldn't have them in wrong hands. Last November, two orb-shaped drones got as close as 500m to a passenger jet flying into Heathrow Airport. Thirty minutes after the incident, another passenger jet approaching Heathrow flew within just 50m of what is believed to have been one of the drones.


Sometimes "Small Data" Is Enough to Create Smart Products

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Another interesting example of small, high precision data being used to make big gains with AI can be found in the airline industry. One such project aims to dramatically reduce maintenance costs with AI by standardizing maintenance logs. A useful framework for taming data chaos and extracting small high precision data is focusing on the lifecycles of customers, partners, and suppliers. In the world of digital business, companies are always looking for big bang solutions -- some breakthrough that can give them an edge.


UK Rules Require Owners To Register Their Drones And Take Safety Tests

International Business Times

While the U.S. relaxes drone regulations, the U.K. government announced Saturday users will have to register their unmanned aircrafts and take safety awareness tests. Users will also be required to take a drone safety awareness test to prove they comprehend U.K. safety and privacy rules. The new rules come after a recent study said drones weighing 400 grams could damage windscreens of helicopters. "By registering drones, introducing safety awareness tests to educate users we can reduce the inadvertent breaching of airspace restrictions to protect the public," said Aviation Minister Martin Callanan in released statement.


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Mashable

On Saturday, the UK government posted new rules governing the use of drones weighing over 250 grams (about half a pound), with input from the Department for Transport, the Civil Aviation Authority, and the Military Aviation Authority. The guidelines state that drone users will have to register their devices and undergo safety awareness testing to ensure that they're aware of UK security, privacy, and safety rules. "By registering drones, introducing safety awareness tests to educate users we can reduce the inadvertent breaching of airspace restrictions." "By registering drones, introducing safety awareness tests to educate users we can reduce the inadvertent breaching of airspace restrictions to protect the public."


Why Emotional Intelligence Is Far More Valuable Than Artificial Intelligence

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For that reason, marketers are now turning to messaging platforms to improve communication channels for sales and customer service conversations. Companies like United Airlines, Pizza Hut, Denny's Diner, Focus Features, and PatrĂ³n, just to name a few, have implemented bots on social media to field customer service issues or help consumers seek information more quickly.


Drones will have to be registered in UK safety clampdown

The Guardian

Drones will have to be registered and users forced to take a safety awareness test under new regulations announced by the UK government. The move follows research that showed strikes by drones of more than 400g could critically damage helicopter windscreens, while a bigger drone of about 2kg could critically harm airliner windscreens at higher speeds. It said the research tests, conducted on behalf of Balpa along with the government and military aviation authorities, showed that the impact of drones hitting aircraft windscreens and helicopter rotors could be catastrophic even at modest speeds with small drones. Commercial drone operators are already obliged to complete a training course and register their drones with the CAA.


LG's new airport robots will guide you to your gate and clean up your trash

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From today, Seoul's Incheon International Airport will be home to two of LG's latest prototype bots: the Airport Guide Robot and the Airport Cleaning Robot. The Guide Robot will roam the terminals, ready to provide travelers with directions and information about boarding times. The Cleaning Robot, meanwhile, is essentially a beefed-up Roomba that looks a little like a mini-tank from a future war. LG's robots should be fine as long as they keep away from hazards like stairs and fountains.


The airports of the future are here

Mashable

One reason airports tend to look and function remarkably alike is that they're designed to accommodate air travel infrastructure--security, passenger ticketing, baggage, ground transport--with the primary concerns being safety and minimal overhead for their tenant airlines. "It's like having a Super Bowl worth of people every single day." "It's like having a Super Bowl worth of people every single day." At Changi, concession revenues rose 5 percent last year to a record S$2.16 billion ($1.6 billion), while the world's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, topped $1 billion in concession sales in 2016, also a record.


Teaching Drones How To Crash Safely

MIT Technology Review

The system stores a database of potential ditch sites for safe emergency landings, and is able to choose the ideal site based on range, size, type of terrain, reliability, and time or day constraints. It's a much more advanced system than what is currently used in most commercial UAVs, which require a designated "home" point, to which the vehicle will attempt to return in the case of a hardware malfunction or drained battery. Current models are unable to safely ditch if, for example, the remaining battery charge is unable to return the drone to its home point, or if that home point is out of date. Once these remaining technological challenges are solved, Roy believes that Safe2Ditch, or similar systems, could become an FAA-mandated safety standard in UAV manufacturing.