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A Partnership for Safety & Innovation with McGuireWoods Consulting , Amazon Prime Air , Wing , Intel , Kespry , PrecisionHawk , Verizon , Airmap , T-Mobile , AGI , Flirtey , DRONEcourse , Percepto , Aeronyde , Yamaha , Loveland Innovations , Airspace Link . The Small UAV Coalition is a partnership of leading consumer and technology companies who believe that U.S. leadership in the research, development, production, and application of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will benefit consumers in all walks of life. The Department of Transportation’s economic report regarding UAS innovation suggests there are hundreds of use cases for such technology. ...
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Tweet On June 18, the first combination aerial and underwater bridge inspection was successfully conducted on the Delaware Memorial Bridge Twin Spans, using a hybrid unmanned vehicle called the Naviator, which can fly and swim. The inspection was a result of a collaborative effort that included the Delaware River Bay Authority (DRBA), Rutgers University-New Brunswick (RU-NB) and SubUAS LLC. All parties involved with the inspection have high praises for the Naviator unmanned vehicle, and believe that the vehicle can be a gamechanger for a lot of industries moving forward. “The ability to have a single autonomous vehicle inspect piers or vessels ...
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Tweet by AUVSI News   On July 10, Fortress UAV, a newly formed subsidiary of Fortress Solutions, officially announced a new North American repair service for commercial and consumer UAS . With three facilities in the United States, and over 220 employees in repair services, Fortress UAV is in position to be the largest and most comprehensive facility for UAS repair in North America, especially since thus far, UAS repair facilities have mainly been housed at hobby shops, or been a product of drone enthusiasts launching new repair businesses. “We have been eyeing the expansion into drone repair and logistics and preparing for the launch ...
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Tweet Shared rides — such as are offered by Lyft’s Lyft Line and Uber’s Uber Pool — are likely the first step to getting riders to accept future automated vehicles, representatives of those on-demand services said at the second day of the Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco. Joseph Okpaku, vice president of government operations for Lyft, said Lyft Line is available in 60 cities worldwide. In those cities, 20 percent of Lyft rides are shared rides, and some places, such as San Francisco, are much higher, verging on 50 to 60 percent. Describing the company as “bullish” on automated vehicles, Okpaku said in five years, most of the company’s ...
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Tweet Have some good ideas for advanced technology? The Toyota Research Institute would like to hear about them, and may be willing to fund them and become a customer. Gill Pratt, the former DARPA roboticist who is now COE of the TRI, announced a new venture fund named the Toyota AI Ventures at the Automated Vehicles Symposium on Tuesday, July 11, held by AUVSI and TRB in San Francisco. The idea is to invite innovative companies “to join us in trying to move this field forward,” Pratt said. TRI was founded just last year with a $1 billion investment, and has quickly grown from zero employees to 200. Toyota AI Ventures is funded to the tune ...
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Tweet by AUVSI News   Deveron UAS Corp., which provides enterprise drone data services for agriculture, and is a nationally compliant, Transport Canada-licensed UAS operator, has announced a collaboration with FS PARTNERS (FSP), which is a leading agronomy service provider in Ontario, Canada that has six hubs that span across the province. As a result of the partnership, FSP will offer its customers Deveron’s on-demand UAS data service, and Deveron will fly more farm acres with UAS. “This is yet another important relationship for us as it increases our market penetration in Ontario, where there are over 7 million acres of farmland,” ...
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Tweet by AUVSI News   The United States Coast Guard is looking for a small UAS to use on its Legend-class national security cutters, to enhance the performance of these already versatile systems. Among many missions, the cutters are used to intercept suspect vessels, patrol coastal waters, and undertake homeland security and counterterrorism missions. “As long as we have been talking about this class of ship, there has always been the expectation that there would be an unmanned system involved,” says Cmdr. Dan Broadhurst, unmanned aircraft systems division chief in the Coast Guard's aviation capabilities office, via C4ISRNET.com . ...
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Tweet On July 1, the 15th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) was launched into the Menominee River at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard, by the Lockheed Martin-led industry team. Lockheed's Indago Quadcopter UAS was used to provide aerial footage of the event. The Indago weighs less than five pounds, is collapsible, and thanks to its ability to be equipped with a variety of payloads, the UAS is usable for several applications, including mapping, precision agriculture and reconnaissance. LCS 15, which will undergo additional outfitting and testing at Fincantieri Marinette Marine before its anticipated delivery in 2018, is the future USS Billings, ...
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Tweet by AUVSI News   The SAIC Innovation Center in Silicon Valley, which in 2015 was established as a subsidiary of China’s state-owned automaker SAIC Motor, has received a permit to test its autonomous vehicles on the roads in California. SAIC Motor is the 35th organization to receive a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test its autonomous vehicles in the state.   The permit covers two vehicles and one driver, according to an email that was sent to CNBC from a DMV spokesman . Earlier this year, SAIC said its self-driving cars have compiled more than 12,000 miles each in road tests, but it did not say how ...
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Tweet Before leaving for the Independence Day recess, congressional committees with oversight of the Federal Aviation Administration approved separate pieces of legislation in the U.S. House and Senate to reauthorize the agency and provide it with funding. The bills included many provisions advocated by AUVSI to expand policy for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems. In the House, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s legislative package directs the FAA to develop a rulemaking process to certify UAS Traffic Management services, opening a pathway for an operational UTM system. It also establishes an exemption process for deploying ...
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Tweet This Week in the Unmanned Systems and Robotics World An Oxbotica-developed autonomous vehicle called CargoPod is being used in London to deliver groceries to customers. The vehicle has eight pods on the back of it, and each pod has a crate that can hold three bags of groceries. After the vehicle is filled by human hands from a small distribution center, it sets off following a route to its drop-offs. Once the CargoPod arrives at its destination, the customer is alerted through a smartphone. That customer must then press a button on the vehicle to open the pod door, allowing them to collect their groceries. ( MIT Technology Review ) Flathead ...
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Tweet Delair-Tech, based in both France and California, announced it has used 3G cell phone connectivity to allow its DT18 drone to fly beyond line of sight to inspect power lines in France. In early June, the company flew the aircraft for more than 50 kilometers (31 miles) for the company RTE, inspecting power lines between the towns of Samur and Poitiers, using only 3G connections to navigate. “That’s a major step forward for beyond line of sight flight,” says Benjamin Benharrosh, the company’s cofounder. French airspace regulators were present for the flight, and Benharrosh said the company would like to present the results to the U.S. ...
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Tweet On June 29, the Government of Malawi and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) launched an air corridor, known as the Humanitarian UAV Testing Corridor, to test the potential use of UAS for humanitarian efforts. The Humanitarian UAV Testing Corridor, which will be used to facilitate testing in the areas of imagery, connectivity, and transport, is the first corridor in Africa, and one of the first in the world, that has a specific focus on humanitarian and development use. “This humanitarian drone testing corridor can significantly improve our efficiency and ability to deliver services to the world's most vulnerable ...
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Tweet by AUVSI News   AkitaBox, which is a facility management software company that automates maintenance, planning and inspections, has announced a partnership with commercial UAS and data company PrecisionHawk, which will result in the two working together to integrate aerial data into the facility management workflow.   Through the partnership, AkitaBox’s customers will have access to PrecisionHawk’s UAS packages and services to improve visibility for inspections, surveys and scans of a worksite. AkitaBox is hopeful that by offering better data capture capabilities, it will advance technology in the facility management space, which can ...
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Tweet by AUVSI News   About 60 students and staff from Oklahoma State University (OSU), and the universities of Kentucky, Oklahoma and Nebraska, are spending the week of June 26 flying UAS at OSU’s Unmanned Aircraft Flight Station, to collect data on weather.  This is the second year that the universities have come together to test UAS and their ability to improve weather forecasting, and the students seem to enjoy the collaborative environment as they work with students from different universities on a shared challenge. “We look forward to this every year,” says Caleb Canter, a mechanical engineering master’s student at University of ...
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Tweet by AUVSI News   Transport Canada (TC) has added Microdrones’ md4-1000 UAS to its exclusive list of Compliant Unmanned Air Systems, making Microdrones one of just eight companies in the world to earn such a distinction. In order to earn compliance, Microdrones had to submit an assortment of application materials, including flight, maintenance, and systems design manuals.  “This compliance means that our platform meets a certain level of safety and will provide users with the opportunity to become a TC-compliant organization, gaining access to all the related advantages,"  says Sebastien Long, Microdrones' Sales Manager for Canada .  ...
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