The commercial use of drones is no longer such a novel concept. In recent years, several industries have adopted drone technology for a diverse variety of applications. To provide just one example, real estate professionals use them for aerial photography and videos, allowing for an extensive view of a property.
SHENZHEN, China, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Technology development is the most important force driving mankind forward. As great high-tech innovations are changing people’s lives, the drone industry is booming than ever before. Among them, JTT UAV is a dark horse that the drone industry should not ignore. Continue reading →
Walmart has been granted a patent for a drone delivery system as it looks to lock horns with Google and Amazon. The patent filing states that drones will be used for in-store product delivery in Walmart’s various outlets. ( Andreas Rentz | Getty Images )
Amazon has been awarded two patents in which it outlines propellers with robotic adjustable wingtips and legs that act as landing gears to help drones touch down on uneven surfaces.
The e-commerce giant’s latest idea describes an “adjustable landing-gear extension” that can be extended or contracted. Amazon says “distance determining elements” would be able to judge how far the drone is from the ground. Sensors on the landing arm would be able to detect contact with the ground and adjust so that the drone is horizontal and not tilted.
This technology could be key if drones deliver fragile packages on tough terrain.
Airbus has a bold plan for congested metropolitan traffic, they call it Pop-Up. The city’s of the future meet sci-fi reality in this Airbus modular concept vehicle which can drive like a conventional automobile and fly like a helicopter.
When it comes to drones, Amazon seems to have no shortage of ideas. In December, The Verge reported that Amazon filed a patent for a flying airship warehouse designed to expedite drone deliveries.
Although it may not be as wild as an airship, CNN reports that the US Patent and Trademark office granted Amazon a patent for a new method to deliver packages via drone: parachutes.
The patent shows that drones will deploy packages “at altitude” and “monitor and adjust package trajectory during descent.” As CNN reports, Amazon’s drones could “radio a message to an off-course package, instructing it to deploy a parachute, compressed air canister or landing flap.”
The parachute patent is the latest development in Amazon’s ongoing experimentations with Prime Air, which has included drones landing in order to deliver packages. Currently, Amazon’s drones are fully autonomous and are equipped with sense and avoid technology to ensure safety.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Up, up and away: Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July.
The arrival of the Chinese-made EHang 184 — which already has had its flying debut over Dubai’s iconic, sail-shaped Burj al-Arab skyscraper hotel — comes as the Emirati city also has partnered with other cutting-edge technology companies, including Hyperloop One.
The question is whether the egg-shaped, four-legged craft will really take off as a transportation alternative in this car-clogged city already home to the world’s longest driverless metro line. Continue reading →