Two years after Amazon completed its first delivery by commercial drone, the idea of routinely using unmanned devices to drop off items at front doors remains a distant, if not far-fetched, dream. The recent shutdown of London’s Gatwick Airport, caused by sightings of drones near the runway, underscored the risks and complexities of the efforts.
But as e-commerce continues to grow, drones have the potential to reduce the time, cost and energy needed for many everyday deliveries — assuming they are managed well and used safely.
Before a commercial drone industry can thrive, particularly in the crowded urban areas of Europe, different kinds of drones must be able to fly along their delivery routes without crashing into one another — and under a standardized set of regulations, experts say — not unlike cars on the road.
The path to proving that drones can operate together and be tracked in crowded skies has brought a group of companies to a former military airfield outside Brussels, where they will test their unmanned aviation technology. The project, known as Safir, will help the European authorities devise a set of rules for the commercial use of drones.
Belgium, 22 December 2018 - Unifly, the leading drone traffic management provider, has raised a total of 14,6 mio Euro ( 16,8 mio US$ ) in a B-round, bringing the total invested capital so far to 21 mio Euro ( 26,5 mio US$ ) .
CANSO has announced the nominees for the CANSO Global Safety Achievement Award 2018. The award is given to a company or team that has made a significant contribution to reducing aviation risk in the past 12 months.
Translated by Unifly and Terra Drone, read the original article here: http://www.hitachi.co.jp/New/cnews/month/2018/10/1002.html
Hitachi has launched a drone platform solution expanding their existing infrastructure inspection services portfolio with an AI assisted, drone-based service.
LAANC is the Low-Altitude Authorization & Notification Capability. This service automates the application and approval process for UAS pilots wishing to get access to controlled airspace near airports under Part 107, through near real-time processing of airspace authorizations below approved altitudes in controlled airspace. If approved, pilots now receive their authorization in near-real time, compared to periods up to 60 or even 90 days for the manual process. Since September 2018, LAANC is available at nearly 300 air traffic facilities covering approximately 500 airports in the United States. The complete list of facilities taking part in LAANC is available here.
Agreements with Six Innovative UAS Companies Will Create Nearly 200 New Jobs and $40 Million in Private Investment
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Unifly is incredibly proud to be one of three finalists for the prestigious award of Most Promising Company of the Year, selected by Belcham, the Belgian American Chamber of Commerce.