University of Michigan hopes new drone facility pushes students to great heights

Aware that the drone industry is going places, the University of Michigan recently opened a new facility where its engineering students can develop and safely test-fly new drone designs outdoors. The...

Smugglers used aerial drones to sneak $80 million in iPhones into China

With a thriving black market, smuggling iPhones from Hong Kong into China can be quite lucrative, and an enterprising gang came up with an audacious scheme that involved aerial drones...

DARPA wants new ideas for autonomous drone swarms

The Defense Department’s research wing is serious about putting drones into action, not just one by one but in coordinated swarms. The Offensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics program is kicking off its...

Chinese police foil drone-flying phone smugglers at Hong Kong border

Dozens of high-tech phone smugglers have been apprehended by Chinese police, who twigged to the scheme to send refurbished iPhones into the country from Hong Kong via drone — but...

University of Michigan opens up its M-Air UAV testing facility to students

Companies and students who want to test an autonomous vehicle at the University of Michigan have the excellent Mcity simulated urban environment. But if you wanted to test a...

JD X taps Nvidia for drone deliveries, rescue and agricultural use

GPU maker Nvidia has announced that it will work with retail giant JD.com to help with an outdoor robotics initiative that sprung out of JD...

Separating fiction from feasibility in the future of drone delivery

Jon is the CEO and co-founder of Kittyhawk.io, providing drone operations software to UAV operators and large commercial UAV teams spanning insurance, inspection,...

DJI adds an offline mode to its drones for clients with ‘sensitive operations’

DJI is working on a “local data mode” for its apps that prevents any data from being sent to or received from the internet. The...

Amazon’s delivery drones could live on trains and ships, latest patent shows

Amazon has patented a range of ideas related to its drone delivery service, some wackier than others. The latest describes a network of train- and ship-based facilities to maintain its...

Edge computing could push the cloud to the fringe

Peter Levine, a general partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, has an...

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Netflix launches 30-second preview videos on mobile

Netflix is introducing its own take on Snapchat and Instagram stories after it began to roll out 30-second preview videos for mobile...