TECHNOLOGY – DRONE
A Drone is the colloquial term for a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), which is an aircraft piloted by remote control or onboard computers. Drones have become the ‘flying’ companions to robots.
Originally intended for military purposes, drones are now used for wide-ranging applications in commerce, science, recreation, agriculture, policing, peacekeeping, and surveillance. Examples of use include transportation of goods (including home delivery), surveillance of remote or dangerous locations (such as pipelines or disaster management), flying taxis, and aerial photography (think real estate marketing). Domino’s claimed the world’s first drone pizza delivery in November 2016 in New Zealand. Current limitations on the expansion of the use of drones are caused by government regulation, as drones are integrated into air traffic control.
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THE ROLE OF DRONES IN CONNECTING AI AND HUMAN INTELLIGENCE (2022-01 - Analytics Insights)
General overview of the role of drones in surveillance, weather forecasting, and delivery.
ELECTRIC FLYING TAXIS PLANNED FOR 2024 PARIS OLYMPICS (Transport/Flying Taxis - 2021-12 - Tech HQ)
Electric eVTOL taxis will be tested in a hub outside Paris in 2022, with the goal to ferry passengers during the 2024 Summer Olympics.
DRONE FOOD DELIVERY STREET-SIDE IN CHINA (Transport/Courier - 2021-12 - Yahoo Finance)
China’s internet giant, Meituan, has completed a 2-year pilot trial successfully using drone delivery of 19,000 meals to 8,000 customers across Shenzhen, a city with about 20 million people. The drones delivered to streetside kiosks. Full service across all of Shenzhen starts in 2022. AliBaba and JD.com offer similar services.
ZIPLINE AND WALMART LAUNCH COMMERCIAL DRONE DELIVERY SERVICE IN THE U.S. (Transport/Courier - 2021-11 - Auto Evolution)
Delivery drone manufacturer Zipline has moved from using drones to supply medical supplies in Africa to teaming up with Walmart to launch an instant, on-demand delivery service in Pea Ridge, Arkansas, with customers being able to select from a wide range of health and wellness consumable items.
'PILOTLESS ELECTRIC DRONES TO OFFER TAXI FLIGHTS OVER ROME (Transport/Flying Taxis - 2021-10 - The Times)
18-rotor-blade drones were displayed at Rome airport, which will fly over the city’s notorious traffic to reach the centre of town in 15 minutes.
DRONES WILL DELIVER VACCINES AND BLOOD UNITS ACROSS ABU DHABI (Transport/Courier - 2021-09 - Khaleej Times)
Drones will be used in 2022 to transport vaccines, blood units and other medical supplies between healthcare facilities in Abu Dhabi, using a state-of-the-art delivery network of drones at 40 stations.
ALPHABET’S DRONE DELIVERY SERVICE COMPLETES 100,000 DELIVERIES (Transport/Courier - 2021-08 - The Verge)
Wing, the drone delivery company operated by Google-parent Alphabet, has completed 100,000 deliveries, operating in Australia, the US, and Finland. Its biggest success has been in Logan, Australia: a suburb of Brisbane. Users can download the Wing app and order a small selection of goods, with deliveries generally made in under 10 minutes.
DUBAI POLICE TO USE CITYWIDE DRONE NETWORK FOR CRIME RESPONSE (Policing - 2021-07 - New Scientist)
Dubai police will be able to respond to an incident anywhere in the city within a minute, thanks to a network of pre-positioned bases containing quadcopter drones.
THIS SWARM OF FLYING, SAILING, DIVING DRONES IS A MILITARY FIRST (Military - 2021-06 - ZDNet)
An autonomous swarm of six drones flew in the sky, dived underwater and crept over land to assist armed forces with various experimental missions in a first-of-its-kind training exercise for the UK Royal Marines.
WALMART TO BEGIN OFFERING DRONE DELIVERY SERVICES (Transport/Courier - 2021-06 - International Business Times)
In 2020, Walmart started a trial to launch hundreds of drone deliveries of at-home COVID-19 test kits. The test showed that Walmart could offer shoppers delivery in just minutes and not hours.
UK POSTAL SERVICE TESTS DRONE DELIVERIES TO REMOTE ISLANDS (Transport/Courier - 2021-05 - Yahoo Finance)
The UK’s Royal Mail, like the Swiss Post, will trial drone flights. They will deliver up to 100 Kg of mail 70 miles to the Scilly Isles (off the Cornish coast). The twin-engine drone can carry up to 100kg of mail, a typical delivery round.
DRONE DELIVERY LAUNCHES IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA (Retail/Courier - 2021-04 - Robotics and Automation News)
Wing, a Google subsidiary, working with the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, has launched a trial project delivering packages by air to the general public in Christiansburg, Virginia. This is a first in the US.
MULTI-DELIVERY DRONE (Retail/Courier - 2021-04 - TechRepublic)
German startup Wingcopter has launched a new autonomous delivery drone capable of making three separate deliveries per flight.
DRONE CARGO DELIVERIES IN IRELAND, AUSTRALIA, AND CANADA (Retail/Courier - 2021-04 - Tech Xplore)
Dronamics Airlines, working with companies in Ireland, Australia, and Canada, will offer same-day cargo deliveries using the company’s proprietary cargo drone, the Black Swan, capable of transporting up to 350 kg (770 lbs) at a distance of 2,500 km (1,550 miles).
AUTONOMOUS DRONE USES AI TO IDENTIFY AND PICK RIPE FRUIT (Agriculture/Fruitpicking - 2021-02 - Futurism)
Tevel Aerobotics Technologies has developed a flying autonomous robot that uses AI perception algorithms to locate the trees and vision algorithms to detect the fruit among the foliage. The robot picks only ripe fruit by classifying its size and ripeness, and works out the best way to approach it, using its picking arm to grasp the fruit.
FLYING CARS OVER EUROPE BY 2022 (Transport/Flying taxis - 2021-02 - TechRepublic)
Air Mobility Urban will be the largest deployment of air vehicles in urban environments with taxis that fly and giant drones to carry cargo. It is a consortium of 17 companies, organizations, and municipalities across the United States and Europe. The project takes final form next year with more than 100 hours of air vehicle test flights over cities in the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK.