Drone News Brief | Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

March 12, 2019

This is your Drone News Brief for Tuesday, March 12, 2019.



Boston Properties, the owner of Salesforce Tower, enlisted a drone to inspect San Francisco’s tallest building. Standing at 1,070 feet, a traditional inspection would have taken 400 to 500 hours over four to five months--while the drone completed the project over two weekends. Authorities said the project also cost about a third of the human inspections.


General Manager for Intel’s drone group, Anil Nanduri, predicted in an interview with CNET during the All About Autonomy conference that there will be flights with flying cars in 5 years. Charging technology, legislation, and scalability are a few of the major hurdles to wide-scale adoption, Nanduri reported.


A Kickstarter campaign launched Tuesday for a mind-controlled drone. New Atlas writer Loz Blain who got to test the device said, “it’s not perfect, but it does give a glimpse of a mind-controlled future.” This isn’t the first example of a drone that uses brain-machine interface (BMI) technology, though it is one of the first that isn’t meant for military purposes and doesn’t require specific calibration to an individual’s brainwaves.


The UK expanded their no-drone fly zones around airports this week, more than quadrupling the previous radius from 0.6 miles to 3. The new laws are in response to the 30 hour shutdown at Gatwick Airport that happened due to a rogue drone last December. England will also institute a mandatory registration and online test later this year, which is similar to the law that was introduced in the US in 2016.


Academics at Case Western Reserve University launched a 6-foot-wide, 7-foot-long UAV that flew for 171 minutes total in late February. This flight test was the most successful yet, and is possibly an early indication of a future of autonomous UAVs that carry materials for delivery.



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