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Survey Says… What Most People Really Think About Drones

The United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General (USPSOIG) has released a report detailing what the public really thinks about drones. The report is the result of an online survey targeting 18-75 year olds in an effort to  “understand the current state of public opinion on drone delivery,” the …

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It’s Here, It’s Real: Ehang Signs Deal to Test Passenger Drone

wp-image-15371″ src=”http://dronelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/319792.jpg” alt=”passenger drone” width=”346″ height=”193″ srcset=”//dronelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/319792.jpg 400w, //dronelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/319792-300×167.jpg 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 346px) 100vw, 346px”/> The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) have partnered with Chinese drone manufacturer EHang to test the passenger drone at Nevada’s FAA UAS Test Site. EHang introduced the …

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SenseFly to Unveil eBee Plus with Survey Grade Mapping

Parrot‘s commercial drone company senseFly has announced that they will unveil the eBee Plus system next week at the InterGEO conference in Hamburg, Germany. The new eBee Plus system enhances eBee’s existing fixed-wing commercial drones, industry leaders in many applications including agriculture.  The new system adds a photogrammetry-optimised RGB sensor and next-gen flight …

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5 Ways to Make Money with Your Drone – Even on the Ground

wp-image-42946″ src=”http://dronelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Forex_Money_for_Exchange_in_Currency_Bank-1024×574.jpg” alt=”Forex_Money_for_Exchange_in_Currency_Bank” width=”353″ height=”198″ srcset=”//dronelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Forex_Money_for_Exchange_in_Currency_Bank-1024×574.jpg 1024w, //dronelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Forex_Money_for_Exchange_in_Currency_Bank-300×168.jpg 300w, //dronelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Forex_Money_for_Exchange_in_Currency_Bank-768×431.jpg 768w, //dronelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Forex_Money_for_Exchange_in_Currency_Bank.jpg 1280w” sizes=”(max-width: 353px) 100vw, 353px”/>The drone industry is ramping up fast – and demand for commercial drone operators is on the rise.  It can take time, though, for a new drone business to build up its customer base. …

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SenseFly and Maptek Partner on Drone Mining Solution

Commercial drone manufacturer senseFly has partnered with 3D modeling company Maptek to provide a complete solution for the mining industry.  The partnership seems like a perfect fit – the eBee commercial drone, a market leader in agriculture and other industrial applications, combined with a proven technology company with existing penetration in …

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Is Uber Actually Working on Drone Taxis?

Ride-sharing company Uber is actually working on vertical take-off and landing technology that could lead to a fleet of drone taxis, technology journal Recode reports. Journalist Kara Swisher of Recode interviewed Uber’s head of products, Jeff Holden, who said that the company was actively researching short-distance flight technology for use …

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UPS and CyPhy Works Test Drone Delivery

Package delivery giant UPS announced today that it is testing drone delivery to remote locations with MA drone maker CyPhy Works. Thursday, the companies “staged a mock delivery of urgently needed medicine from Beverly, Mass. to Children’s Island, which is about three miles off the Atlantic coast,” UPS and CyPhy …

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Commercial Drone Alliance Announces Leadership

The Commercial Drone Alliance, a non-profit education and advocacy group founded earlier this year and led by key players in the industry, has announced it’s leadership. The roster is impressive, and speaks to the urgency that business leaders feel to work together to support the burgeoning commercial drone industry.  The Alliance hopes to …

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The Black Market in Drones: Why Commercial Operators Need the FAA

wp-image-42274″ src=”http://dronelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/faalogo-black.png” alt=”black market in drones” width=”253″ height=”253″ srcset=”//dronelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/faalogo-black.png 300w, //dronelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/faalogo-black-150×150.png 150w, //dronelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/faalogo-black-45×45.png 45w” sizes=”(max-width: 253px) 100vw, 253px”/>Commentary.  The FAA predicts that there may be as many as 600,000 licensed drone operators in a year, since Part 107 was enacted at the end of August.  But that number may be …

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Luxury Drone Delivery: Matternet Partners with Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz Vision Van Matternet, the CA based developer of autonomous drone logistics systems, has partnered with Mercedes-Benz Vans to collaborate on an “integrated delivery solution” that will combine the Matternet drone with a Mercedez-Benz van. Mercedes-Benz Vans has made a “multimillion dollar investment” in the drone company, allowing them to …

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