Business, Technology

167-Year-Old Railroad Tests Skies for Drone Age

Latitude Engineering

BNSF Railway Co. is flying drones as far as 150 miles along the New Mexico desert to inspect tracks, helping the Federal Aviation Administration develop rules for operating unmanned aircraft beyond the pilot’s line of sight.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
August 30, 2016
Government, Business, Technology

Landmark Rule Opens Skies to More Commercial Drones

Lew Grill Specialized Services

The Obama administration is opening U.S. skies to more commercial drones with long-awaited regulations that the government hopes will spawn new industries for inspecting bridges, monitoring crops and taking aerial photography.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
June 21, 2016
Business, Technology

DHL Completes Three-Month Test of Delivery Drone


German firm Deutsche Post DHL completed a three-month test of delivery drone Parcelcopter on May 9 and became the first postal service to successfully deliver packages to customers by drone, according to the company.

Paul Winterer | DPA (Hamburg, Germany)
May 12, 2016
Business, Technology

Drone Market Seen Nearing $127 Billion in 2020, Revolutionizing Transport Industry, Study Shows

Workhorse Group Inc.

Drones soon will be boosting crop yields, verifying insurance claims and assisting in Hollywood blockbusters in a business that’s due to boom by more than 6,000% by the end of the decade.

Wojciech Moskwa | Bloomberg News
May 11, 2016
Business, Technology

UPS-Backed Blood Delivery Drones Show Promise, Hurdles

UPS Inc.

UPS Inc. is backing a start-up using drones in Rwanda to transport life-saving blood supplies and vaccines, underlining the wide potential for the unmanned aircraft and helping bring package delivery by drone to U.S. consumers a step closer.

Nick Carey | Reuters
May 10, 2016
Business, Technology

Robots May Beat Drones in Race to Deliver Packages

Photo by Starship Technologies and Amazon.com

Forget flying drones. When it comes to predictions on what sci-fi method might bring you hot pizza, aspirin, groceries or new shoes, some experts bet that delivery robots rolling down sidewalks will beat out airborne couriers.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
April 7, 2016
Business, Technology

Google Exec Says Package Delivery by Drone Possible Within a Few Years

Swiss Post

Product delivery-by-drone in urban areas may be possible within a few years if the U.S. government and the aviation industry agree to work cooperatively on the new technology, the chief of Google Inc.’s drone cargo project said Jan. 11.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
January 11, 2016
Business, Technology

Consumer Drones Must Be Registered, Starting Dec. 21

Owners of consumer drones will have to begin registering with the U.S. government starting next week under a policy issued in time for the expected holiday buying rush.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
December 14, 2015
Business, Technology

Amazon Unveils Unmanned Package Delivery Drones


Amazon has unveiled what its unmanned drones for package delivery would look like with a video launched on Nov. 29 on the prototype of technology it announced two years ago.

Barani Krishnan | Reuters
November 30, 2015
Business, Technology

Research to Begin on Pothole-Fixing Drones

A drone that can inspect roads and repair potholes autonomously is one of the goals of a recent university grant awarded with the vision of creating self-repairing cities.

November 6, 2015