Business, Technology, Autonomous

Drones That Do the Work of 500 Farmers Transform Palm Oil

Drone for palm oil Plantation workers operates drones for plantation mapping and monitoring in Genting Tanah Merah Estate, owned by Genting Plantations Bhd., in Johore, Malaysia. (Joshua Paul/Bloomberg News)

As haze blanketed large tracts of Southeast Asia last month, office workers with Genting Plantations Bhd. in Jakarta were investigating the source of the choking smoke more than a thousand kilometers away.

Anuradha Raghu | Bloomberg News
November 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Microsoft Wants to Teach Drones, Robots, Drills How to Think

Microsoft Microsoft logo. (Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg News)

Microsoft Corp. and technology rivals spend a lot of time talking about machine learning. Now Microsoft is talking about something called machine teaching.

Dina Bass | Bloomberg News
November 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

FedEx Completes First Commercial Drone Delivery

FedEx drone delivery in partnership with Alphabet's Wing. The drone makes its delivery. (FedEx Corp.)

FedEx officials said the company’s test drone program completed the first U.S. residential delivery of commercial goods, a scheduled trip to a home in Christiansburg, Va., on Oct. 18.

October 21, 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
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Drone Delivery Canada Joins Forces With Air Canada Cargo

Drone Delivery Canada A Drone Delivery Canada test flight. (Drone Delivery Canada via YouTube)

Drone Delivery Canada Corp. has entered into an agreement with Air Canada Cargo to market and sell DDC’s drone delivery services in Canada, using Air Canada Cargo’s marketing and sales platforms and resources, according to a news release.

June 10, 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
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100

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 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 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.

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.

July 2, 2018