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Using AI/Machine Vision Instead of GPS to Navigate Urban Landscapes

AI has reached the point of being a sexy new buzzword and, commensurate with it's status, AI is everywhere these days. How can AI improve your drone? In Zurich, a group of scientists and researchers believe they can use machine vision in place of GPS. To prove their point, they were able to do so using inexpensive [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:24+00:00July 19th, 2017|Drone Aided Research, Drone Technology, Drones, Interesting, International|Comments Off on Using AI/Machine Vision Instead of GPS to Navigate Urban Landscapes

Russian Company Coptersafe Is Jailbreaking DJI Drones

Current news is saturated with stories about Russia due to FBI Director Robert Mueller's investigation. While the following story isn't related to that investigation, it is related to Russia and the subject matter is legally questionable at best. For around $350, a Russian software company, named Coptersafe, will "jailbreak" your DJI drone. Once jailbroken, your DJI [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:29+00:00June 28th, 2017|Drone Software, Drones, Interesting, International, Modifications, WTF|Comments Off on Russian Company Coptersafe Is Jailbreaking DJI Drones

How Does The CAA Handle Drones In The UK?

It easy to get caught up in the regulations that govern drone use in your country. In the USA, a drone university like ours teaches the rules and regulations set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). I find it interesting to compare and contrast drone laws. This can be done city to city, state to [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:43+00:00March 25th, 2016|Drones, FAA, International|Comments Off on How Does The CAA Handle Drones In The UK?

Manchester Firefighers Establish Quadcopter Based Air Unit

Rachel Pick of Motherboard recently wrote an article about Greater Manchester's Fire and Rescue Service using drone technology. While firefighters in California are being hindered by hobbyist drones, in stark contrast, the firefighters of Greater Manchester's Fire and Rescue Service have established their own Air Unit. This Air Unit currently uses their drone, outfitted with an infrared camera, to identify [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:07+00:00October 16th, 2015|Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, International|Comments Off on Manchester Firefighers Establish Quadcopter Based Air Unit

New Zealand Moves to Criminalize Hobbyist Drones

Are micro drones as dangerous as full size drones? In the US, drone pilots have to contend with the FAA, in New Zealand it's the CAA or the Civil Aviation Authority. I'd like to share the following story because it shows what can happen when the government decides to crack down too aggressively. Bruce [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:34+00:00August 7th, 2015|Drone Law, Drones, International|1 Comment

Matternet Says “No Roads? There’s A Drone For That”

Founded in 2011, Matternet is "a 21st century transportation system that will transform the way we move goods locally." Matternet's plan is to use a network of drones, operating autonomously, to deliver pharmaceuticals to areas inaccessible by traditional infrastructure. It's a concept that a lot of people in Silicon Valley feel is viable and even in their [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:43+00:00July 20th, 2015|Drone Applications, Drone Services, Drone Startups, Drones, Health, International|Comments Off on Matternet Says “No Roads? There’s A Drone For That”

In Kenya, A Ban On Civilian Drone Use Stifles Innovation

When you are focusing on the laws and regulations of your own city, state and country, it’s easy to get tunnel vision. In the United States, the FAA is slowly moving towards allowing commercial drone use. To stay compliant with FAA regulations, today's commercial drone operators need a Section 333 Exemption. A common complaint, is that they [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:45+00:00July 16th, 2015|Drone Law, Drones, International|Comments Off on In Kenya, A Ban On Civilian Drone Use Stifles Innovation

Which Countries Are The Most Drone Friendly?

Drones are a global trend, they have applications everywhere, from the United States to Africa. In the coming decade, the AUVSI estimates that the drone industry will become a $82bn market in the US alone and it appears some countries are paying more attention to this than others. By reducing restrictions and providing clear rules [...]

By |2015-07-16T01:19:45+00:00July 16th, 2015|Drone Law, Drones, International|Comments Off on Which Countries Are The Most Drone Friendly?