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Over $2m in Prizes To Be Won in AI Drone Racing Contest

Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin and Drone Racing League (DRL) have announced a contest inviting teams to develop artificial intelligence (AI) systems capable of piloting racing drones and beating human pilots. Participating teams will compete in a series of challenges for their share of more than $2 million in prizes. The challenge was announced by …

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Italian Engineer Wins $20,000 Grant to Develop Drone Ambulan…

A $20,000 prize has been awarded to Italian Vincenzo Navanteri by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Navanteri won the Prince Alvaro de Orleans-Borbon Grant at the FAI International Drones Conference and Expo, in Lausanne, Switzerland, for his drone ambulance concept. Switzerland, of course, is no stranger to drones transforming traditional medical services. …

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UK Prison Stats Offer Perspective on Issue of Illegal Drone …

In recent years there have been plenty of headlines highlighting the use of drones to smuggle drugs and other contraband into prisons. And that’s fair enough. It’s a new, interesting challenge for authorities to deal with. And fear gets clicks. Last year in the UK, for example, police monitored and …

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Drones, Thermal Images and Koala Conservation

A forestry company in Victoria, Australia, is using drones and thermal cameras to spot koalas before trees are cut down or controlled burns take place. Hazelwood Forestry, in Latrobe Valley is regularly tasked with cutting down Hancock Victoria Plantations’ eucalyptus and pine trees. One complication is that carelessly harvesting – which …

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AT&T, Softbox and Merck Test Drone Tech for Puerto Rico Medi…

Connectivity giant AT&T has collaborated with UK pharmaceutical packaging provider Softbox to explore the potential of medical drone deliveries. AT&T’s LTE-connected drone has been ferrying Softbox’s thermal packaging system, ‘Skypod’, with medicines from healthcare provider Merck to locations across Puerto Rico. The proof of concept with Softbox aims to show …

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IBM Patents Coffee-Delivering Drone – DRONELIFE

There are two universal truths in the drone industry. The first is that technology companies will file rafts of drone-related patents in an attempt to score easy PR and cover even the most obscure bases for the future. The second is that tech workers need the occasional caffeine hit from …

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Drones are Being Enlisted to Tackle Colombia’s Cocaine Farms

We’re not quite at the stage at which drones are taking an active role in day to day agriculture. Despite hardware releases from DJI and other manufacturers with a view to autonomously sowing seeds and dispensing pesticides, most drone applications on the farm are more passive in nature: field mapping, …

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What Venezuela’s Purported Assassination Attempt by Drones M…

By Hugoshi [CC BY-SA 4.0] News and Commentary.  The drone news this week has been dominated by headlines about the purported assassination attempt on Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.  The timing couldn’t be worse for the drone industry. I use the word “purported” in an effort (probably in vain) to indicate …

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Man bites dog and Drone doesn’t crash

While not very often, the old adage what goes up must come down (and sometimes quite suddenly) comes into play even with commercial drones.   In a press release,  Drone safety systems company Parazero Israel Ltd , announced recently that its drone safety system has successfully saved hundreds of thousands of …

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Conservation: Using Drones to Stem The Plastic Tide

An environmental group in England is utilizing drones and synthetic intelligence to assist measure plastic waste on the world’s seashores. In the final 10 years, there was a 250% enhance of plastics washing up on the world’s seashores. Of the tens of millions of tons which might be dumped in …

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