Alphabet's drone delivery project Wing launches air-traffic control app

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Drone delivery service Wing is launching its own air-traffic control app to keep its craft safe in the skies. The company, owned by Google-parent Alphabet, recently started making deliveries in parts of Australia and Finland. Wing's new iOS and Android app aims to'help users comply with rules and plan flights more safely and effectively,' providing a rundown of airspace restrictions and hazards as well as events nearby that could interfere. The new app, Open Sky, is being released to drone flyers in Australia this month according to Wing. 'The design of our software has required a detailed understanding of flight rules -- along with buildings, roads, trees, and other terrain -- that allow aircraft to navigate safely at low altitudes, and we've used it to complete tens of thousands of flights on three continents,' Wing said in a blog post.

Seven ways your UAV-mapping business will benefit from an AI object detection platform - sUAS News - The Business of Drones


Along with the hardware and software sectors, the drone services market is the largest segment in the commercial drone industry with the strongest expansion. According to the market research report "Global Drone Service Market Analysis & Trends – Industry Forecast to 2025", the drone services market is estimated at USD 4.4 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 63.6 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 55.9% from 2019 to 2025. This is a huge opportunity for drone service providers. The key for capturing a share of this growing market is to offer turnkey business solutions beyond data capture, such as mapping, surveying and specialized geospatial analytics. With more and more business relying on location data to optimize their day-to-day operations and planning or gain first-hand market insights.

The Rev-1 delivery robot is fast enough to hit the bike lane


As many folks continue to look skyward in expectation of drone delivery services, they're missing the development of an increasingly popular delivery technology back on terra firma. Wheel-based delivery robots may not be quite as sexy as their flying counterparts, but with fewer regulatory hoops to jump through than drone services, the technology is likely to become more widely used sooner rather than later by companies looking to make their delivery operations more efficient. The latest outfit to join the race is U.S. startup Refraction A.I. with its autonomous Rev-1 machine. The brainchild of University of Michigan professors Matthew Johnson-Roberson and Ram Vasudevan, the Rev-1 tootles along on three wheels instead of the four or six that we see with most of the competition. The wheels and storage compartment mean the look of the Rev-1 is similar to efforts from dominant player Starship Technologies, as well as delivery robots from FedEx and Amazon.

Great white sharks spotted interacting off the coast of Cape Cod for the first time in drone footage

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A remarkable drone video captured off the coast of Cape Cod has caught the first-ever look at a pair of great white sharks interacting in the region. Researchers with the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy shared the footage on Twitter this week, revealing the moment the two huge predators appear to square off in the ocean. While the exact nature of the encounter is still unclear, experts say it's not uncommon for these sharks to attack each other when they cross paths. In the video shared by AWSC, one shark can be seen swimming alone before another enters the frame. The latter at first appears to approach cautiously, before speeding up to veer directly into the other.

Creating Dystopia: The Greatest Threats Humanity Faces


Since robots first taking over industrial manufacturing, people have worried that they'll replace us. But now, with the explosion of artificial intelligence applications, our jobs are more under threat than ever before. Automated technology monitors and control production and manufacturing. Drones and driverless cars are taking over transportation and delivery services. By 2030, between 75 million and 375 millions could be automated.

Move Over, Spot. Anymal Is a Four-Legged Robot With Sorts of Tricks Digital Trends


When you think of canine-inspired robots, your brain probably conjures up images of Boston Dynamics' celebrated dog robot, Spot. Swiss robotics company Anybotics has also created its own audacious, quadruped robot. The size of a large dog and weighing a little under 80 pounds, Anymal aims to be the gold standard in dog-bots. It's capable of autonomously walking, running, and climbing, and can even get back on its feet if it falls over. Although Spot will go on sale for the first time later this year, this gleaming robotic beast is already on the market in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East.

From Flying Cars to Drone Delivery, Smart Future Will Soon Become Reality.


Technology has revolutionized our world and lives. It has made our lives better, faster, easier and fun. It has given us multi functional devices that have put everything at the touch of a button. From the way we communicate to the way we travel, its changing and evolving rapidly every day. Social media isn't the only big statement technology has made by making the way we connect and interact with the world.

NASA will fly a drone to Titan to search for life

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WASHINGTON - For its next mission in our solar system, NASA plans to fly a drone copter to Saturn's largest moon, Titan, in search of the building blocks of life, the space agency said Thursday. The Dragonfly mission, which will launch in 2026 and land in 2034, will send a rotorcraft to fly to dozens of locations across the icy moon, which has a substantial atmosphere and is viewed by scientists as an equivalent of very early Earth. It is the only celestial body besides our planet known to have liquid rivers, lakes and seas on its surface, though these contain hydrocarbons like methane and ethane, not water. "Visiting this mysterious ocean world could revolutionize what we know about life in the universe, " said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. "This cutting-edge mission would have been unthinkable even just a few years ago, but we're now ready for Dragonfly's amazing flight."

I welcomed our new robot overlords at Amazon's first AI conference


There's a certain oversized quality to a Las Vegas conference center that makes you feel like a child monarch: simultaneously powerful and helpless. Presumably, the rooms and corridors are cavernous because space is cheap in the desert, but the overall effect somehow manages to be stifling. It feels suspiciously big, as if you're never meant to leave. The trappings of a conference do nothing to dispel this feeling: everything is arranged -- your room, your food, your schedule -- and hey, look! They even have robots handing out snacks!

China's drone giant DJI hits back at U.S. security concerns


Another Chinese tech giant is now at the center of national security concerns raised by the U.S. Senate. DJI, a Chinese company that dominates the commercial drone market in the U.S., published an 1800-word letter on Monday striking back against mounting concerns on Capitol Hill over spying, following the recent ban on the Chinese telecom giant Huawei. "The security of a company's products depends on the safeguards it employs, not where its headquarters is located," the Shenzhen-based drone maker said in an open letter to Senators on Monday. During a hearing hosted by Transportation Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee last week, some of the experts testified that they believe that DJI has the potential to send data back to China, which poses serious risks. "American geospatial information is flown to Chinese data centers at an unprecedented level. This literally gives a Chinese company a view from above of our nation. DJI says that American data is safe, but its use of proprietary software networks means how would we know?" said Harry Wingo, Chair of the Cyber Security Department from the National Defense University.