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Airbus Wants to Test Its Flying Car Prototype This Year

The aviation giant wants the autonomous flying taxies to work like ride-share services.<p>Airbus Group announced today that it plans to test an autonomous airborne taxi prototype for one passenger by the end of 2017, according to a report from <i>Reuters.</i> The aviation giant sees flying taxis as the next …

Aerospace

A Drone You Can Drive!

The Vultran Tyger 1 is a hybrid powered piloted drone that takes inspiration from advanced fighter jets, rotorcraft and modern drone technologies. As …

Gear & Gadgets

Aerodyne Nimbus 195: A racing drone so tough you can drive your car over it

A drone you can drive your car over? Thanks to a spherical, carbon fiber monocoque exoskeleton, this FPV racing drone can take one hell of a beating …

Gear & Gadgets

The Pentagon's Autonomous Swarming Drones Are The Most Unsettling Thing You'll See Today

Ejected from a fighter plane, the tiny drones collaborate to accomplish their mission—with not a single human involved<p>An arm of the Pentagon charged …

Gear & Gadgets

Watching a swarm of mini robots throw shapes is weirdly hypnotic

Like a flock of sparrows or a giant school of fish, researchers in Harvard University’s Self-Organizing Systems Research Group have developed a …

Robotics

Defense Department succesfully tests world's largest micro-drone swarm

U.S. military officials in California have conducted a test launching more than 100 micro-drones from three F/A-18 Super Hornets, the largest-ever …

Open Source

The Pentagon's Autonomous Swarming Drones Are the Most Unsettling Thing You'll See Today

Ejected from a fighter, the tiny drones collaborate to accomplish their mission—with not a single human involved.<p>An arm of the Pentagon charged with fielding critical new technologies has developed a drone that not only carries out its mission without human piloting, but can talk to other drones to …

Gear & Gadgets

Jet fuel-powered UAV completes record 56-hour flight, with plenty left in the tank

Vanilla Aircraft, LLC has announced its VA001 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) completed a non-stop, unrefueled 56-hour flight last month. A …

This flappy bird-drone keeps airports safe

Remember that plane that landed in the Hudson which resulted in a Tom Hanks movie? That whole saga started with a flock of Canada Geese getting shredded through the plane’s jet engines, destroying them. By “them,” I mean both the birds <i>and</i> the engines, but for the purpose of this story, the latter …

Airports

Frozen flight: U.K.’s Royal Navy tests a 3D-printed drone in the Antarctic

On the whole, drones have gotten a lot tougher since they first arrived on the market. However, perhaps no consumer-facing drone can quite match up …

Antarctica

You can buy this 100 mph drone — try not to hurt anyone

More speed than you need<p>I traveled to the Aerodrome yesterday for the third annual CES Drone Rodeo. The venue is empty desert next to picturesque mountains, just beyond the restricted air space around Las Vegas. There was a lineup of DJI drones anyone could fly and an augmented reality game that …

Gear & Gadgets

This underwater drone uses sonar to track down fish and film it in 4K

Fishing has never sounded particularly enticing to me, but PowerVision‘s new underwater drone certainly fires me with enthusiasm.<p>Unveiled at CES this week, the PowerRay is a submersible robot that uses sonar technology and ‘internal fish luring lights’ to detect and attract fish up to 30 meters …

Gear & Gadgets

This submersible drone uses sonar and LED lures to hunt down fish for you

It’ll even film your catch in 4K<p>You’ve got to feel sorry for the fish that comes face-to-face with the PowerRay submersible drone. Unveiled at CES this year (but not yet on sale), the drone is designed to “redefine recreational fishing,” says creator PowerVision. Well, the basics will stay the …

Fish

Israel's "flying car" passenger drone moves closer to delivery

YAVNE, Israel (Reuters) - After 15 years of development, an Israeli tech firm is optimistic it will finally get its 1,500 kg (1.5 tonne) passenger carrying drone off the ground and into the market by 2020.<p>The Cormorant, billed as a flying car, is capable of transporting 500kg (around half a tonne) …

Israel

Drones Can Scan You in Infrared With Flir's New Camera

Drones Can Scan You in Infrared With Flir's New Camera<p>Flir's new IR cameras include two phone attachments, two cameras for drones, and a pro camera …

Gear & Gadgets

UVify's Draco drone is a racing quad for everyone

The thrills of drone racing are about to get a lot more accessible.<p>You might be pretty handy with your DJI Phantom, but flying a racing drone is something else. Most "consumer" drones are programmed to make flying a cinch, but the trade-off is a lack of agility and speed. Racing drones right now …

Gear & Gadgets

This selfie-drone recognizes, finds and auto-records its owner

Look how happy I am in that photo below. Or am I scared? It's hard to tell. Selfie technology just took a new turn, and I'm evidently not quite sure what to make of it. The source of the photo is Zero Zero's Hover Camera. It's a foldable, lightweight, 4K camera drone that we've seen before. The new …

Gear & Gadgets

Six drones that do good for people and the planet

They watch for animal poachers and deliver emergency medicine and supplies.<p>When the general public first learned about drones, the context was largely related to military applications and spy tactics, so the unmanned aircraft were cast with a bad rap. Years later, a number of creative technologists …

Gear & Gadgets

Drones and RC kayaks offer fresh views of the ocean

Scripps' research vessel Sally Ride has a few new high-tech tools in its arsenal.<p>The Scripps Institution of Oceanography has gotten a few more tech upgrades. Scientists aboard research vessel <i>Sally Ride</i> recently tested a pair of drones and a remote control kayak in an effort to get different views …

Gear & Gadgets

Amazon seeks patent for system that links up drones to create a Borg for deliveries

Right now, Amazon’s delivery drones are designed to drop off packages weighing no more than 5 pounds. But what if you could link up lots of drones? …

Amazon

Drone air traffic control system being developed in Singapore

The skies of the near future will be increasingly packed with drones, surveying, snapping photos and delivering an array of goods. A network with …

Asia

Building a drone to fight fires

Engineering whizzes at Olin College and MIT are working to craft a drone that would aid—as opposed to hinder—fire fighting.<p>Professors from the two …

Gear & Gadgets

Drone-based blood deliveries in Tanzania to be funded by UK

<b>The UK government is to fund a trial of drone-based deliveries of blood and other medical supplies in Tanzania.</b><p>The goal is to radically reduce the amount of time it takes to send stock to health clinics in the African nation by road or other means.<p>The scheme involves Zipline, a Silicon Valley …

United Kingdom

These brothers built a mine-sweeping drone

To clear land mines without casualties<p>Brothers Massoud and Mahmud Hassani grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan, knowing that one wrong step could end their lives. “When we walked to school, we had a special path to follow—otherwise we would end up in a minefield,” Massoud says. Mines are cheap to …

Gear & Gadgets

Amazon Has a Patent for Floating Blimp Warehouses With Drone Delivery Craft

Way back in April, Amazon quietly received a patent for “aerial fulfillment centers” — massive blimp warehouses that would float 45,000 feet in the …

Amazon

Cold drones can now brave winter with their own drone sweaters

Poor little drones, forced to brave the winter skies with nothing but their tiny motors to keep them warm.<p>Sure, drones may be completely inanimate objects with absolutely no need for outerwear, but that doesn't mean we grown adults can't imagine they do. That is exactly why San Francisco-based …

Sweaters

South Korean Team Makes Wall Climbing Flying Rescue Drone

Like Spider-Man, if he was fireproof. Which he isn't.<p>South Korea’s robots are future-proof. Or, well, fire-proof, but as rescue robots, that’s definitely part of their future. A rescue drone by the Korean Advanced Institute Of Science and Technology is a flying wall-climbing fireproof building …

Robotics

Got a drone for Christmas? Know the law before taking to the skies

Whether a beginner, a serious aviation enthusiast, or just a fan of gadgets, many of you will have received drones as Christmas gifts. Unmanned …

Gear & Gadgets

This Iceland Drone Tour is the Second Best Thing to Actually Visiting

If Iceland isn't already on your bucket list, you're going to want to check out this video.<p>Most of us have heard our friends (or friends of friends …

Iceland