Alan Levin

Government, Business, Technology

FAA to Begin Certification Process for Civilian, Delivery Drones

Alphabet's Project Wing conducts example flights of their drone delivery system in Virginia in August 2018. Alphabet's Project Wing conducts example flights of their drone delivery system in Virginia in August 2018. (Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg News)

Government regulators plan to review drone designs in the same way they review other aircraft, a major step toward allowing routine drone deliveries and other flights over congested cities.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
February 4, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, Autonomous

Drones Need Tracking Network for Expanded Flights, FAA Says

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All but the smallest civilian drones would have to broadcast radio tracking data to ensure greater safety and prevent terrorism under a sweeping proposal unveiled by U.S. regulators Dec. 26.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
December 27, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

NTSB Cites Lithium Battery Fire in Deadly Crash

Tesla logo Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

A speeding teenage driver caused the fatal crash of a Tesla Inc. vehicle in Florida in 2018 and the subsequent fire in the electric car’s battery contributed to the severity of his injuries, a federal investigation concluded.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
December 20, 2019
Government, Business

Daimler to Pay $20 Million Penalty Over Mercedes Recall Lapses

Mercedes logo Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Daimler AG’s Mercedes Benz has agreed to pay as much as $20 million in penalties for violations of how it operated its vehicle recall program.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
December 18, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Alphabet Unveils App to Provide Air-Traffic Control for Drones

Drones Project Wing conducts example flights of its drone delivery system. (Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg News)

The company that brought you free digital maps and e-mail wants to do the same thing for your drone.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
July 16, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Uber Tries to Steer Its Vision of Flying Cars Through Regulators

Uber Elevate Summit 2019 Acting Federal Aviation Administrator Daniel Elwell talks to attendees during the opening day of the Uber Elevate Summit 2019 in Washington. (Uber via YouTube).

Uber Technologies Inc. is bringing its vision of a Jetsons’-like future of battery-powered flying vehicles for the masses to Washington, where it will have to persuade regulators to approve this new model for how aviation works. The company opened its two-day Uber Elevate Summit 2019 on June 11.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
June 11, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Amazon Poised to Test Drone Deliveries Powered by Artificial Intelligence

Amazon's hybrid helicopter-small plane drone Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg News Inc. has unveiled a revolutionary new drone — part helicopter and part science-fiction aircraft — that the company expects to use for test deliveries of toothpaste and other household goods starting within months.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
June 6, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Alphabet’s Drone Delivery Business Cleared for Takeoff by FAA

Drone A Wing drone in action, dropping off a package. (Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg News)

An offshoot of Alphabet Inc.’s Google has become the first drone operator to receive government approval as an airline, an important step that gives it the legal authority to begin dropping products to actual customers.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
April 23, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics

TSA Begins to Feel Squeeze From Government Shutdown

TSA TSA security checkpoint (Seth Wenig/Associated Press)

The Transportation Security Administration plans to begin closing a handful of security checkpoints at airports around the United States as soon as this weekend in response to staff shortages triggered by a partial federal government shutdown now in its third week.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
January 11, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

FedEx, Alphabet, Uber Win Drone Sweepstakes; Amazon Left Out

Mercedes-Benz Vans

At Memphis International Airport, drones may soon be inspecting planes and delivering airplane parts for FedEx Corp. In Reno, Nev., they will test airlifting life-saving defibrillators to patients. And customers in Virginia could be awaiting Alphabet Inc.’s flying devices to get goods they ordered.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
May 10, 2018