Drones could soon be used to deliver medical supplies as a project challenges local authorities to generate ideas on how the gadgets can be used as more than toys. The Flying High Challenge aims to put the machines to use in ways that benefit cities, such as providing rapid response in floods and fires or monitoring pollution. Government agency Innovate UK has teamed up with London technology charity Nesta to explore five suggestions at how drones could operate in urban environments. A drone arrives at the King's College Hospital helipad in South London to demonstrate the delivery of medical supplies The technology could be used to transport blood, provide rescue assistance for police and carrying out risk assessments of critical infrastructure. Executive director of Nesta's Challenge Prize Centre Tris Dyson said the technology must be harnessed in a way that benefits communities on a local level.
Manned flight has been a staple of modern transport and logistics for over half a century -- but not without problems. Our current infrastructure for transporting people and goods in the skies has become strained with the rising demands of the globalized economy. DEEP AERO is developing a foundation for a new type of infrastructure: a drone-based ecosystem, complete with an air traffic control platform, a drone marketplace for on-demand logistics and transport, and more -- all securely stored and transacted on DEEP AERO's blockchain. The rising globalized economy can no longer be dependent upon antiquated methods and technology that was designed for the 20th century. The skyrocketing demand for global commerce and travel is limited by our capacity to transport goods and people in a timely, cost-effective way.
Amazon has been busy testing out its new Prime Air initiative at a secret location in the English countryside. The service's promise of a 30-minute delivery by specially designed drones may look like click-bait PR, but it's an early sign of the significant changes coming to cities around the world. For the moment, much of the hype around drones is full of caveats: safety is always the first priority, and nobody quite knows the full extent of what's possible. Amazon has been busy testing out its new Prime Air initiative at a secret location in the English countryside. This undated image provided by Amazon.com
This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature, examines how driverless cars, trucks, semis, delivery vehicles, drones, and other UAVs are poised to unleash a new level of automation in the enterprise. Few technologies have been more anticipated heading into the 2020s than autonomous vehicles. Tantalizingly close and yet still perhaps decades from market adoption in some use cases, the technology is as promising as it is misunderstood. You've heard the consumer hype, but what gets less ink are the transformative changes that autonomous vehicles will bring -- in some cases already are bringing -- to the enterprise. Affecting sectors as disparate as shipping and logistics, energy, agriculture, transportation, construction, and infrastructure -- to name just a few -- it's hard to overstate the impact of the diverse and versatile set of technologies lumped into the decidedly broad category of'autonomous vehicles'. This guide will help you sort the hype from the business reality and tell you all you need to know about the autonomous vehicle revolution on the ground, in the air, and even at sea. In 1939, General Motors predicted we'd have an autonomous vehicle highway system up and running by the dawn of the 1960s. As with a lot of autonomous vehicle hype, that prediction was a tad premature, but it demonstrates the long history of autonomous vehicle development.