Business and Finance

Automated Charging Systems for DJI Drones Make Totally Autom…

As the commercial drone industry moves closer to automation, new  accessories to allow automation of commonly available drones are entering the market.   Chinese-based HEISHA has developed a combination charging system, landing station, and battery for DJI drones – a station that can be easily integrated into existing infrastructures. DRONELIFE …

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DHL and EHang Partner on Urban Drone Delivery in China

The drone industry in 2019 has seen a number of ambitious delivery services take flight and generally make progress. Zipline recently launched a delivery network in Ghana, Google’s Project Wing is open for business in Australia, and investment in the delivery space continues to flow. Now German postal giant DHL …

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Precision Ag Reaches New Heights: Accelerating Plant Breedin…

Precision agriculture is reaching new heights.  Agriculture has been a major vertical for commercial drones since the industry took off: and now, sophisticated analytics and software combine with evolved drone solutions to allow for new breakthroughs. At the annual ISF World Seed Conference held next week, French drone solution company …

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Drone Industry Insights Publishes US Drone Market Report

German UAV industry analyst firm Drone Industry Insights has today launched its US Drone Market Report alongside an article outlining five headline points from the American drone market. The report provides an outline, analysis and forecast of the US commercial drone market, including: US commercial drone market size, shares and …

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Parrot Among Manufacturers Chosen by DoD for U.S Army Recon …

The U.S. Department of Defense is looking for “eye in the sky” technologies: personal reconnaissance drones that can give soldiers on the battlefield a situational advantage. In an effort to uncover the next-generation of short-range Reconnaissance drones for the U.S. Army, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and the Army’s Maneuver …

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Keen AI CEO Amjad Karim: Solving the Data Bottleneck, from D…

From Keen AI Here at DRONELIFE, we get to meet a lot of interesting people doing interesting things.  Last month at Commercial UAV in Amsterdam, we met Amjad Karim, the CEO and founder of Keen AI.  Keen AI is a UK-based software company working on bringing AI to the inspection space. DRONELIFE: Tell …

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Investors’ Appetite for Drone Technology Still Strong

It seems to be the season for funding announcements: and a recent spate of press releases from drone companies indicates that the sector is still desirable. The drone industry has seen some noted consolidations and exits in the last few years.  Commercial drone solutions provider Airware shut down last year …

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Percepto Raises $15m to Accelerate Adoption of Autonomous Dr…

Israeli drone-in-a-box provider Percepto has announced a $15m Series A funding round led by U.S. Venture Partners. The company has to date raised a total of $27.5m, with previous investors including R&R Venture Partners and Hyundai Motors. The funding will be split between driving Percepto’s autonomous drone-in-a-box solution into emerging …

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DJI to Install AirSense (ADS-B receivers) in New Drones from…

DJI has committed to installing airplane and helicopter detectors in its new consumer drones from 2020. The pledge is part one of a 10-point plan – also released today – to ensure the world’s skies remain as safe as possible as the drone industry takes off. The addition of the …

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UK CAA Launches ‘Innovation Sandbox’ With 6 Drone Industry P…

Back in 2017 the FAA’s drone integration pilot program was announced, paving the way for a number of interesting and innovative explorations of drone technology. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has this week launched a similar program, although the scale and practical outcomes are still unclear. The CAA says …

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