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Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Electric Plane Pioneer Pivots to Cargo Drones

Pipistrel Velis Electro, first electric plane certified by European Union Aviation Safety, drives on the tarmac. (Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images) Pipistrel Velis Electro, first electric plane certified by European Union Aviation Safety, drives on the tarmac. (Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images)

The man behind the only electric plane cleared to fly quickly discovered the challenges of converting world-leading technology into profits in a hotly contested, futuristic segment of aviation.

Jan Bratanic | Bloomberg News
June 17, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Likely Growth in Drone Deliveries Prompts NTSB to Expand Its Purview

A drone descends to deliver a COVID-19 test kit to a home in El Paso, Texas. (Mario Tama/Getty Images via Bloomberg News) A drone descends to deliver a COVID-19 test kit to a home in El Paso, Texas. (Mario Tama/Getty Images via Bloomberg News)

The expected increase in commercial drone operations such as delivery flights is prompting accident investigators to expand the types of aviation crashes they plan to review.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
May 20, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Drone Startup Manna Raises Cash for US Expansion

A Manna Aero drone delivers a parcel during a flight demonstration in Dublin, Ireland A Manna Aero drone delivers a parcel during a flight demonstration in Dublin, Ireland. (Paulo Nunes dos Santos/Bloomberg News)

Manna has raised $25 million to expand its drone fleet’s operations, including the addition of delivery services for prescription medical supplies and an initial expansion into the U.S.

Natalia Drozdiak | Bloomberg News
April 30, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Alphabet’s Wing Seeks Expanded US Drone Flight Permissions

An Alphabet Inc. Google X Project Wing delivery drone An Alphabet Inc. Google X Project Wing delivery drone sits on a charging pad at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. (Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg News)

Alphabet Inc.’s Wing Aviation is asking U.S. regulators to allow it to expand drone operations as a way to make more efficient deliveries controlled from a central command post.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
April 23, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Electric Aircraft Demand Seen Growing for Deliveries

A JD.com Inc. drone during a package delivery demonstration at a launch pad in China. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

Electric aircraft such as drones could account for 30% of same-day package deliveries by 2040 as network scale dramatically brings down costs, according to L.E.K. Consulting.

February 16, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Google Seeks OK to Test Drones for Firefighting

Drone carrying a FedEx package Google is asking the FAA for permission to test its Wing drone, shown here carrying a FedEx package, in a firefighting capacity. (Business Wire)

Google asked the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for permission to test drones to research how the technology can help monitor and control fires.

Nico Grant | Bloomberg News
February 3, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Drone Use in US to Get Boost in New Security Rules

A DJI Technology Co. drone flies over Brooklyn in August 2018. (Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg News) A DJI Technology Co. drone flies over Brooklyn in August 2018. (Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg News)

Commercial U.S. drone flights are set to receive a huge boost as soon as the week starting Dec. 28 with requirements that most of the devices must transmit a radio beacon with a digital license plate.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
December 28, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Drones Could Help Bridge the Economic, Social Divides for Vaccine Distribution

Drone in the air Drones could be used to get the COVID-19 vaccines to remote and impoverished areas off Florida's coast. (Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg News)

The challenge of ensuring equitable distribution of the coronavirus vaccine is one of global scale, and the city of Miami provides a backdrop for the social and economic divides that the medical community must overcome.

Brendan Murray | Bloomberg News
December 16, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Amazon’s Drone Delivery Fleet Hits Milestone With FAA Clearance

Amazon drone Amazon.com unveils its Prime Air delivery drone during an event in Las Vegas in June 2019. (Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg News)

Amazon­.com took a leap toward delivering goods from the sky by becoming one of only a few companies certified by the U.S. government to operate as a drone airline.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
September 25, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Walmart Tests Drone Delivery Amid Escalating Competition With Amazon

Walmart has started testing drone deliveries in Fayetteville, N.C. Walmart has started testing drone deliveries in Fayetteville, N.C. (Walmart)

Walmart Inc. is entering the drone delivery wars, its latest move to counter Amazon.com Inc.’s dominance in e-commerce as more Americans choose to shop from home.

Matthew Boyle | Bloomberg News
September 9, 2020

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