TAG: drone

Insurance and law firms start drone services

January 26, 2016By

Insurance companies in the U.S. and Canada have jumped on the UAV bandwagon, with many now offering coverage for commercial drone users. The insurance usually covers liability for any damage caused by the drone, with comprehensive options covering damage to the drone itself. Unmanned Risk Management, which also insures helicopters and other aircraft, has insured drones in all 50 U.S.... read more

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AUVSI to host massive trade show, works with US UAV regulators

January 20, 2016By
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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has renamed its major annual conference — XPONENTIAL — and the 2016 edition will be held in New Orleans at the Morial Convention Center on the west bank of the Mississippi, May 2–5. The huge convention center is hosting the event across two large halls, with more than 350,000 square feet of space for up... read more

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Tencent and Zerotech unveil consumer drone based on Qualcomm Snapdragon

January 6, 2016By

Qualcomm Technologies, Tencent and Zerotech announced and demonstrated at CES 2016 a commercial drone based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight platform. The Consumer Electronics Show is being held this week in Las Vegas. Tencent, China’s largest Internet service portal, and drone maker Zerotech have co-designed Ying, a small, lightweight drone that can be easily controlled right from a smartphone, leveraging the companies’ advanced software,... read more

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FAA releases B4UFLY iPhone app on Apple Store

January 6, 2016By
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The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) drone app — B4UFLY — is being released for Apple, following an initial beta testing period. The app can be dowloaded from the Apple store. The FAA also is releasing a beta version of B4UFLY for Android devices, which can be downloaded from Google. B4UFLY tells users about current or upcoming requirements and restrictions in... read more

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CES 2016: DJI upgrades Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 drones

January 5, 2016By

Drone maker DJI is introducing enhancements to its Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 quadcopters at CES 2016, a consumer electronics and technology trade show held Jan. 6–9 in Las Vegas. The newest models, the Phantom 3 4K and Inspire 1 Pro Black Edition, were designed to capture stunning aerial photography. The Phantom 3 4K’s introduction is the result of strong consumer demand for top resolution cameras... read more

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DJI launches public beta of geofencing software for drones

January 4, 2016By
Geospatial information in GEO is categorized in one of three ways: Restriced Zone (in red), Authorization Zone (in yellow) and Warning Zone (in green).

Drone-maker DJI has launched a public beta version of its new geofencing system in North America and Europe. Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) will provide drone users with up-to-date guidance on locations where flight may be restricted by regulation or raise safety or security concerns. With this major upgrade to DJI’s existing geofencing system, users will have access to live information about... read more

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FAA unveils UAS rule, begins drone registry Dec. 21

December 14, 2015By
The popular DJI Phantom 3. (Photo credit: DJI)

The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Dec. 14 an official rule and registration process for hobbyists who own small unmanned aircraft weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds, including payloads such as on-board cameras. The online registration system does not yet support registration of small UAS used for any purpose other than hobby or recreation — for example,... read more

FLYPRO announces smartwatch-controlled XEagle drone

December 11, 2015By
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Shenzhen FLYPRO Aerospace Tech Co. has officially released the XEagle, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with auto follow and obstacle avoidance functions. Unlike other popular self-flying drone models on the market that are taken off by throwing the aircrafts in the air, which increases the risks of crashing the vehicles, XEagle introduces various features including voice control, smartwatch and automatic obstacle... read more

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