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“Not Like This” – DJI’s Critical Response to FAA’s Remote ID Proposal

In an article published by DJI today, the manufacturer’s VP of Policy and Legal Affairs, Brendan Schulman, has come out strongly against the FAA’s NPRM on Remote ID, calling it “deeply flawed” and “a complex, expensive, and intrusive system that would make it harder to use drones in America.” That description is particularly significant given…
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Department of the Interior to Permanently Halt Drone Programs

The Financial Times has today reported that the US Department of the Interior is planning to ground its civilian drone program for good in response to growing concerns that hardware made wholly or partly in China could pose a security risk. The latest move by the Trump administration will see the DOI halt the use…
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Transportation Secretary Chao at CES: Self-Driving Cars, Drones, and AI

This morning. at CES, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and the U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios discussed the current state of innovation, and recent U.S. Department of Transportation initiatives to support the safe integration of new technologies into our country’s transportation systems. As we have moved from ports to cars in terms of technology…
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Commercial Drones FM Podcast: Impossible Aerospace

Commercial Drones FM just published a Podcast featuring Impossible Aerospace where Ian talks with Keenan Johnson at AUVSI last year in Chicago. As background, Impossible Aerospace is a US startup based on the west coast that manufactures an all-electric, high-endurance multirotor drone marketing as the US-1.  The drone platform is marketed mainly towards first responders—law…
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How Key Technology Changes May Revolutionize Urban Transport Systems: EVs, Drones, and More

Part 2 of a 2 Part Series on innovative drone delivery and software company Aha.  See Part 1 here, to read about how small retailers are taking on delivery giants like Amazon. Maron Kristófersson is the CEO of Aha, a company that both provides a delivery service utilizing drones in Iceland; and helps companies to develop their…
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Drones and Urban Air Mobility: Porsche Teams up with Boeing to Explore a Flying Car

In a continuing exploration of the concept of a flying car,  Boeing has signed a letter of agreement to explore joint relationships with luxury car manufacturer Porsche.  Here is a concept video published by World News that shows some idea of what that might ultimately look like. Flying cars – or drone taxis- aren’t brand…
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SimActive Adds New LiDAR Workflow Functionality

SimActive has just announced some additional functionality removes some of the manual processes currently needed to process softificated imagery.  From their press release below: “Removing the need to manually tag GCPs facilitates the integration of LiDAR data with imagery”, said Dr Philippe Simard, President of SimActive. “Our clients can benefit from different data sources, with…
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David and Goliath: How Small Retailers in Iceland are Taking on Amazon and Uber with Drone Delivery (Part 1 of 2)

In English, a paradigm shift or major new idea may be referred to as an “Aha” moment: so the name of this innovative urban delivery service is appropriate in multiple languages. At last month’s Commercial UAV Show in London,  we met Maron Kristofersson, CEO and Founder of Aha.is, a drone delivery service based in Iceland,…
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Interview: Skydio CEO Adam Bry on Autonomy, Scaling Up & Taking on DJI

Last month, California startup Skydio launched a new drone for the consumer market: Skydio 2. Then came a docking station that looks set to propel the same aircraft onto worksites around the country. The first impression is that Skydio 2 is a drone that could provide serious competition to DJI‘s market dominance. It’s lighter, smarter,…
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DJI’s New Mavic Mini is So Small You Don’t Have to Register It

DJI’s latest drone has arrived. As we revealed earlier this week, it’s called the Mavic Mini. As the name suggests, the Mavic Mini is tiny. It weighs just 249 grams and has very deliberately been designed to squeeze under the registration weight threshold put in place by aviation bodies around the world, including the FAA.…
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