drones

Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Private, TCA

Walmart Drone Delivery Service DroneUp Expands

Walmart DroneUp Walmart and DroneUp join forces on drone delivery service. (Walmart)

DroneUp, the sole drone partner of Walmart, announced plans to expand its headquarters and establish a research and training facility outside Petersburg, Va., creating 655 new jobs.

Trevor Metcalfe | The Virginian-Pilot
August 24, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Alphabet’s Wing Develops Fleet of New Drone Prototypes

Wing drone prototypes Wing's two new drone designs: One shaped like a small plane and another with a fat belly for additional cargo space. (wing-prod.blogspot.com)

Alphabet Inc.’s Wing subsidiary has developed a fleet of new drone prototypes designed to more efficiently deliver packages ranging from small pill bottles to items weighing as much as 7 pounds.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
July 14, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

The Next Frontier for Drones: Out of Sight

Drones Dominion Energy drone operators fly a drone to inspect areas of a power plant in Remington, Va., on June 8, 2022. (Nathan Ellgren/Associated Press)

REMINGTON, Va. — For years, there’s been a cardinal rule for flying civilian drones: Keep them within your line of sight. Not just because it’s a good idea — it’s also the law.

July 6, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

GXO Enhances Security With Ground, Air Robotics System

GXO DroneDog security robot The DroneDog security robot provides data and onsite activity updates that can detect potential issues in real time. (GXO via YouTube)

GXO Logistics Inc. has deployed a new robotics system for air and ground security at one of its major distribution centers in Clayton, Ind., the company announced June 8.

June 8, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous, Private, TCA

Walmart Expands Drone Delivery in Six States

A DroneUp pilot observes a drone delivering a Walmart package A DroneUp pilot observes a drone delivering a Walmart package after being ordered by a resident in El Paso, Texas. (Mario Tama/Getty Images via Bloomberg News)

Walmart soon will expand its drone delivery program across six states: Florida, Arizona, Arkansas, Texas, Utah and Virginia. Drone hubs will be set up at 34 sites by the end of the year.

Bernadette Berdychowski | Tampa Bay Times
May 25, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Wing to Begin Biggest US Drone-Delivery Test in Texas

A Wing drone delivers a package to a customer's home in Christiansburg, Va. A Wing drone delivers a package to a customer's home in Christiansburg, Va. (Logan Cyrus/Bloomberg News)

Alphabet Inc.’s Wing is set to begin the largest drone-delivery test program so far in the U.S., starting April 7 in the Dallas suburbs.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
April 4, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Flying Taxi Startup Whisper Aero Aims to Keep Noise Levels Down

Sky Tracks (Lubo Ivanko/Getty Images)

A startup called Whisper Aero, which is disclosing its plans for the first time, thinks it may be well on its way to solving a noise problem related to drones.

Ashlee Vance | Bloomberg News
July 12, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Alphabet Jumps Into Drone Air-Traffic Control With Flight App

One of Alphabet's Wing drones is photographed in a pilot program in Finland. (Wing) One of Alphabet's Wing drones is photographed in a pilot program in Finland. (Wing)

Alphabet Inc.’s drone-delivery venture, Wing, is releasing free software for U.S. drone users to get permission to fly near sensitive areas such as airports.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
June 29, 2021
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

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