Machine Control/Ag

Pirker Drone Case Reaches Settlement

January 30, 2015By

Aerial photographer Raphael Pirker has settled the civil penalty proceeding brought by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in 2013 concerning his flight of a styrofoam Zephyr II model aircraft (or “drone”) at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in October 2011. The $1,100 settlement  “does not constitute an admission of any of the allegations in the case or an admission of... read more

U of Michigan Wins ION’s Fifth Autonomous Snowplow Competition

January 30, 2015By
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A team from the University of Michigan took home the fifth Institute of Navigation (ION) Satellite Division’s Autonomous Snowplow Competition. The competition was held Jan. 22-25 at Rice Park in downtown Saint Paul, Minn., in conjunction with the 129th Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Sponsored by The ION Satellite Division and held in cooperation with the ION North Star Section, the... read more

FAA Warns Super Bowl Fans: Leave Drone at Home

January 28, 2015By

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declared today that Super Bowl XLIX will be a “No Drone Zone.” “Many familiar sounds are associated with the Super Bowl: Cheering fans. Referee whistles. The spectacular halftime show. Booming fireworks,” the FAA wrote. “But one sound you shouldn’t hear is the whirring of an unmanned aircraft overhead. The Super Bowl is strictly a ‘No Drone... read more

Drinking and Droning Has Consequences

January 28, 2015By
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Firmware Fixes Coming from Drone Maker
A government employee who crashed his friend's drone on the White House lawn was apparently drinking while droning. The employee, who works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), was questioned Jan. 26 by the Secret Service as the operator of the drone involved in Monday’s incident at the White House. read more

Telematics Detroit Changes Name to Reflect Shift to Autonomous Cars

January 27, 2015By

Telematics Detroit, the connected car event, has officially changed its name to TU-Automotive Detroit to reflect the paradigm shift in auto mobility. The event will take place June 3-4 at The Suburban Collection Showplace in Detroit. The name change to TU-Automotive Detroit is intended to reflect how “automakers are evolving from heavy manufacturers into nimble technology companies and the self-driving car is... read more

By 2020 Connected Cars Will Mean In-Vehicle Services, Automated Driving

January 27, 2015By

By 2020 a quarter billion connected vehicles will be on the road, enabling new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities, according to Gartner, Inc. During the next five years, the proportion of new vehicles equipped with this capability will increase dramatically, making connected cars a major element of the Internet of Things (IoT). Gartner forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things... read more

Drone Demonstrated for Congressional Science Committee

January 26, 2015By

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing Jan. 21 on the integration of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles in United States airspace. Colin Guinn, senior vice president of sales for 3D Robotics, demonstrated the Parrot Bebop drone during his testimony. C-SPAN aired the event, as reported by the National Journal. Congress has tasked the Federal Aviation Administration with readying airspace for... read more

CNN Signs UAV Research Agreement with the FAA

January 14, 2015By

CNN has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) with the Federal Aviation Administration to advance efforts to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into newsgathering and reporting. The cooperation arrangement will integrate efforts from CNN’s existing research partnership with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Coordination between and among CNN, GTRI and the FAA has already begun. The FAA will... read more