Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Announces Proposal Covering Drone Operations

Chao Chao (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation is ready to issue a new proposed rule that will allow more freedom for people operating drones, according to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 14, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Drone Industry Fears Political Attack After Gatwick Shutdown

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Analysts and executives are concerned that political reaction may hinder the rapid growth of the drone industry after travel was disrupted at London’s Gatwick Airport for nearly two days before police arrested two people in a nearby town.

Stefan Nicola and Jeremy Kahn | Bloomberg News
December 21, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 50

North Carolina Town Eyes Drones as Future of Package Delivery

A Flytrex delivery drone Flytrex

Holly Springs, N.C., hopes to be among the first spots in the United States where drones are used for package delivery.

Joe Antoshak | Staff Writer
September 17, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment

States Explore Drone Technologies to Improve Data, Save Time

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Drone programs can expand traffic management and bridge inspection opportunities for states, but they can also create savings to benefit other projects, according to one transportation official whose agency has been using the devices for nearly a year.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 2, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

FAA Warns of Drone Collision Risks With Airplanes

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The millions of small civilian drones plying the nation’s skies can cause significant damage to airliners and business jets in a midair collision, new research commissioned by the Federal Aviation Administration concluded.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
November 28, 2017
Business, Technology

Mercedes Plans More Drone Deliveries After 100 Perfect Flights

Delivery drone above a Mercedes-Benz Vito van Delivery drone above a Mercedes-Benz Vito van. (Daimler AG via Bloomberg News)

Mercedes-Benz, conducting the biggest test using drones to ship everyday items such as ground coffee and cellphones, said the mini-aircraft completed 100 drop-offs to strategically placed vans in Zurich with a perfect safety record, and more deliveries are planned for next year.

Elisabeth Behrmann | Bloomberg News
November 28, 2017
Business, Technology

Amazon's Delivery-Drone Research Focuses on Avoiding Birds


Amazon.com Inc.’s development of package-delivery drones is progressing to the point where the company is now thinking a lot about geese.

Adam Satariano and Marie Mawad | Bloomberg News
May 18, 2017
Business, Technology

UPS Tests Drone That Uses Delivery Truck as Its Home Base

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UPS Inc. completed a successful test of a truck-mounted delivery drone at a Florida blueberry farm last week, demonstrating how unmanned aerial devices might be used as part of the company’s residential delivery service and as a way to cut costs by reducing the number of miles traveled by UPS trucks to make deliveries in rural locations.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
February 27, 2017

North Carolina DOT Considering Drone Use for Highway Inspections, Natural Disasters

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Drones may become the latest tool for the North Carolina Department of Transportation when the state agency responds to natural disasters such as last fall's flooding from Hurricane Matthew.

Paul B. Johnson | The High Point (N.C.) Enterprise
February 16, 2017
Business, Technology

Amazon Popcorn Airdrop Makes Drone Delivery History


Retail giant Amazon has made its first drone delivery to an actual customer, dropping off a Fire TV device and a bag of popcorn to a house in the English countryside 13 minutes after receiving an online order.

Alan Levin and Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
December 14, 2016