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Feb 13, 2018

This people-moving drone has completed more than 1,000 test flights

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The flying taxi could soon be spotted in Dubai and Las Vegas.

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Feb 10, 2018

Cleo Robotics Demonstrates Uniquely Clever Ducted Fan Drone

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A personal drone that i could eventually see as something that will follow you around all day and be rigged up as an AI assistant. Have it equipped with solar power skin so it could operate indefinitely. The video has the music cranked so it is probably super loud. Drones need to solve noise and power issues before this becomes practical, no one will want something as loud as a vacuum cleaner buzzing around their head.


This donut-shaped drone, not technically known as a dronut, offers a tasty combination of safety and ease of use.

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Feb 8, 2018

People are now flying around in autonomous drones

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Chinese startup Ehang has released the first video of passengers flying aboard its autonomous 184 drone.

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Feb 2, 2018

Airbus’ drone taxi takes to the skies for the first time

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Airbus’ self-piloted taxi flies for the first time.

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Jan 31, 2018

Drone racing in the UK

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Drone racing brings us one step closer to pod racing.

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Jan 29, 2018

African countries have taken the first major step towards cheaper continental flights — By Yomi Kazeem | Quartz

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“Yesterday (Jan. 28), 23 African countries launched the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) initiative by the African Union (AU). ”

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Jan 20, 2018

Army Grapples With Cyber Age Battles In Megacities

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High-tech warfare at knife-fight ranges: that’s the ugly future of urban combat. If you thought Baghdad was bad, with its roughly six million people, imagine a “megacity” of 10 or 20 million, where the slums have more inhabitants than some countries. Imagine a city of the very near future where suspicious locals post every US military movement on Twitter with digital photos and GPS-precise coordinates. Imagine roadside bombs that fly because the bad guys downloaded blueprints for a kamikaze mini-drone and built it with their 3D printer.

As the US pulls out of the mountains and deserts of Afghanistan, the Navy and Air Force may be looking to the wide-open Pacific, but the Army is increasingly concerned about the cramped alleyways of Third World cities. (The Marines, as usual, have a foot in both worlds). Chief of Staff Ray Odierno’s personal Strategic Studies Group — now led by hybrid warfare expert David Johnson — is working on the subject, as is the Army’s think tank and teaching institution, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). This August, after months of seminars, simulations, and study, the Army War College will host a “deep future wargame” set in a megacity, probably a coastal one, circa 2035.

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Jan 18, 2018

Drone comes to the rescue of two swimmers in Australia

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One day, they may yet turn against us, but for now, they’re still our allies: A drone rescued two teenage swimmers in distress off the coast of New South Wales in Australia, according to a new report. The drone spotted two teenagers in trouble around a half-a-mile out from shore, and then dropped a flotation device it carries for the purpose to give them something to hang on to (via Verge).

This drone was actually not supposed to be saving anyone just yet – it was engaged in a pilot project to test its viability. But the Sydney Morning Herald reports that when a call came through about the swimmers in trouble, the drone happened to be in the Ari and nearby, positioned well to respond.

The drone’s pilot, a decorated veteran lifeguard for New South Wales, was able to Gert out to the swimmers’ position, and drop the pod in a minute or two, which is at least a few minutes less than it would’ve taken to respond directly with actual flesh and blood lifeguards.

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Jan 18, 2018

Drone saves teen swimmers in world first

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Lifeguards in Australia interrupt a drone training session to save two stricken boys.

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Jan 18, 2018

This drone can catch fish for you!

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