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France’s postal service is testing delivery by drones

Amazon may have gotten all the buzz last year when it talked about delivering products by drones. But France could actually beat the e-commerce giant to the punch.<p>This week, LaPoste, France’s postal service, announced that its package-delivery subsidiary, GeoPost, had successfully completed initial …

How the Pentagon's Quest For Insect-Sized Combat Drones Could End Up Saving Lives | VICE News

Last Monday, the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) finally told Santa what it really wanted for Christmas: "Fast Lightweight Autonomy."<p>Essentially, the folks at the Department of Defense agency that develops new military technology noticed that birds and insects fly …

Eyes in the sky: why drones should not be banned

New legislation may outlaw the use of drones by artists – just when robot aircrafts and their aerial stunts are really taking flight<p>We all have the right to a drone of our own. Admittedly, if everyone flies robot aircraft, the skies will get very full, and some drones are large enough and can go …

Drones’ Next Job: Construction Work

Komatsu to Use Unmanned Aircraft, Bulldozers to Automate Early Foundation Work<p>Construction-equipment maker Komatsu Ltd. has plans to solve a potential shortage of construction workers in Japan: Let drones and driverless bulldozers do part of the work.<p>Tokyo-based Komatsu said Tuesday it planned to …

Unmanned Aircraft

Drones That Can Suck Up Water Hunt Oil Leaks, Invasive Species - MIT Technology Review

Drones carrying cameras or infrared sensors have already found favor with farmers, police forces, and extreme sports enthusiasts. Now engineers are …

How ESPN Is Shooting the X Games with Drones

For the Winter X Games, the FAA gave ESPN permission to fly camera-rigged drones around Aspen<p>Imagine, you're flying through the downhill course, and something starts buzzing behind you. Drones will be doing just that, following competitors at the 2015 Winter X-Games in Colorado. ESPN received …

Winter X Games

Drones may change search process for gas field hazards

A helicopter equipped with magnetic sensors flew over three plots of Pennsylvania state lands hunting for signs of forgotten oil and gas wells last …

New Drone Ambulance Concept Has Potential to Save Lives Faster

Gridlocked city streets, traffic signals and sirens become a non-issue in a design firm's conceptual plans for a drone ambulance. Argodesigns' lifelike renderings demonstrate how an ambulance made out of a drone could behave at accident scenes. Usefully, the drone could land in an area the size of …

Drones

Terrifying Drones Replace Waiters at New Restaurant

Just as ATMs sought to replace bank tellers in the 1980s, an increasing number of robots and drones are taking jobs away from restaurant service staff. Today, the <i>International Business Times</i> reports on a new restaurant in Singapore that uses drones largely in place of human servers.<p>Timbre — a chain …