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Amazon Delivery Drone Plans Include Tiered Flight Zones

July 28, 2015By

Amazon has announced a plan for its package-delivery drones, according to NBC News. The proposal includes tiered flight zones that would limit small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to slow speeds in airspace below 200 feet and allow them to fly faster for long-distance travel between 200 and 400 feet. Commercial aircraft are governed by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Air Traffic Control,... read more

McKinley Survey Team Returns

July 28, 2015By
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A team of four climbers has returned from the highest point in North America, Mount McKinley in Alaska, with new GPS survey data to determine a more precise height of the mountain’s summit. The data collected will update the commonly accepted elevation of McKinley’s peak, 20,320 feet. The last survey was completed in 1953. The USGS, along with NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS),... read more

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Nokia’s HERE Maps sold to BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen

July 27, 2015By
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After months of negotiation, Nokia will sell its HERE Maps division to a consortium of German automakers — BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen — for $2.71 billion, according to the TU Automotive website. Under the agreement, HERE Maps would turn into an open platform that all car manufacturers can use for navigation and mapping inside vehicles, giving automakers independence from companies such as Google for maps and navigation at a... read more

AGCO, Trimble Collaborate on Connect Agriculture Data Platforms

July 27, 2015By

AGCO and Trimble are partnering to deliver wireless connectivity between AGCO’s VarioDoc and AgCommand systems and the Trimble Connected Farm solution. The functionality is expected to be available to customers in North America in September and in Europe, Africa and the Middle East in the fourth quarter of 2015. AGCO is a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and infrastructure. The collaboration allows... read more

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China Launches Two More BeiDou Satellites

July 27, 2015By
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Two BeiDou navigation satellites were launched into medium Earth orbit on Saturday, July 25, at 12:29:04.411 UTC. The satellites are drifting to their designated orbits. read more

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Reyax Technology Develops 3G GNSS Tracking Platform Based on u-blox

July 27, 2015By

Reyax Technology, a telematics tracking systems provider for the automotive industry, has developed an industrial high-integration 3G GNSS tracking platform, the Reyax RY277AI, which is fully based on technology from u-blox. “Our vehicle tracking platforms are dependent on highly accurate position data to deliver the performance crucial to meet the demands of our customers. u-blox’s highly reliable products as well as... read more

University of Michigan Opens Test ‘City’ for Connected Vehicles

July 23, 2015By
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The University of Michigan (U-M) has opened Mcity, a controlled environment designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars. Mcity is a 32-acre simulated urban and suburban environment that includes a network of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, streetlights, building facades, sidewalks and construction obstacles. It is... read more

Esri and Leica Geosystems Combine for Mobile Data Collection

July 22, 2015By

Esri Collector for ArcGIS, a configurable mobile app for collecting and editing data in the field, has combined with the Zeno 20, Leica Geosystems’ ultra-rugged Android-based professional-grade handheld, in a new solution called ZenoCollector. ZenoCollector uses Collector for ArcGIS as its main user interface and comes bundled with an ArcGIS Online organizational subscription for one year. “Esri and Leica Geosystems... read more