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UPS, Startup Begin First Regular Drone Deliveries in US

UPS An M2 delivery drone, manufactured by Matternet Inc. (Stefan Wermuth.Bloomberg News)

UPS Inc. and a startup drone partner began the first continuing commercial drone deliveries in the United States, making a short flight carrying a medical sample between North Carolina hospitals March 26.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
March 26, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Drone Company Flytrex Closes $7.5 Million Series B Round

Flytrex A Flytrex drone makes a delivery. (Flytrex via YouTube)

Drone-delivery technology company Flytrex announced it has raised $7.5 million in Series B funding, according to a Jan. 8 press release. This round brings the company’s total to $11 million.

January 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Drone Deliveries Become Reality as China Races to Take the Lead

An attendee looks at a delivery drone at the JD.com Inc. booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia in Shanghai, China, on June 7, 2017. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

The day after Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc.’s midyear sale, a company drone took off from a playground in the city of Xi’an to deliver one of the orders in a football-sized box to a village in the mountains to the south.

Bloomberg News
July 3, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, TCA

Japanese Government Envisions Cars in the Sky by 2020s

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In a bid to achieve the practical use of self-driving flying cars in the 2020s, the government will establish a public-private council possibly within this year to discuss safety issues, technological development and other matters, Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

Asia News Network
July 2, 2018
Government, Technology, Logistics, TCA

Ohio Project Will Use Drones to Monitor Highway Traffic


A three-year, $5.9 million study in central Ohio will use drones to monitor traffic on a 35-mile highway, and provide new information used to prevent crashes between manned and unmanned aircraft.

Matt Sanctis | Dayton (Ohio) Daily News
June 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Drone Deliveries Ready to Soar in Japan, but Issues Linger

A Japan Post Co. mail carrier rides a motorcycle under the Metropolitan Expressway in Yokohama, Japan. (Takaaki Iwabu/Bloomberg News)

Amazon.com wowed the world in 2013 with a video purporting to show what the future of the delivery industry would look like. But are we any closer to that now? The answer seems to be no — at least in Japan.

Kazuaki Nagata | Japan Times, Tokyo
May 21, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber to Offer Food Delivery by Drone in San Diego

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Uber Technologies Inc. plans to deliver food by drone in San Diego as part of a wide-reaching commercial test program approved by the federal government May 9, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said.

Eric Newcomer and Brad Stone | Bloomberg News
May 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

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

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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
Business, Technology

DOT Unveils Drone Tests Ranging From Deliveries to Farming


A who’s who of technology and aviation companies won U.S. approval to push the edge of the envelope in drone flights, from testing people’s tolerance for delivery devices hovering over their rooftops to ensuring farmers’ drones won’t hit crop dusters.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
May 9, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Fifty-Mile Drone Flights Beckon as Industry Pushes FAA on Rules

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Retailers, railroads and electricity companies are pressing for U.S. government approval to fly drones longer distances. Regulators, geared to an aviation industry that can take five years to get a new jetliner in the air, are struggling to adjust to the breakneck pace.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
May 8, 2018