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  • Carlo Ratti Associati Designs First Smart Highway System in Italy

    02/01/2018 10:08:09 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Architect Magazine ^ | January 31, 2018 | Ayda Ayoubi
    International design and innovation firm Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) is collaborating with ANAS, an Italian government-owned road construction and maintenance company, to design a smart highway system that will stretch across more than 1,500 miles of roads and highways in Italy. Dubbed ANAS Smart Road, the project aims to manage the traffic and enhance road safety, according to a firm release. The system will utilize drones and "flying poles"—a series of grounded smart poles that are equipped with sensors and in-motion Wi-Fi connectivity. The drones can take on various tasks, ranging from "monitoring tunnels, viaducts, or other remote pieces of...
  • Teamsters Tell UPS: No Drones or Driverless Trucks

    01/24/2018 5:32:53 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 53 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 24, 2018 | Paul Ziobro
    The Teamsters union wants to prohibit United Parcel Service Inc. from using drones or driverless vehicles to deliver packages. That was one of the labor union’s initial demands as it kicked off high-stakes contract talks with UPS this week. The Teamsters also want the parcel giant to eliminate late-night deliveries and add another 10,000 workers to the ranks, among other things. The two sides are starting to negotiate one of the largest collective bargaining agreements in the U.S., which covers around 260,000 UPS employees and expires in July. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ National Negotiating Committee this week submitted to...
  • Jy018 Drone/Vanity

    01/12/2018 12:23:14 PM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 9 replies
    Been thinking about buying a drone to play with for the last 2 or more years. Probably have posted a query here more than once. So I ran across the JY018 and was wunderin' if anybody else read about it or even if has one? I don't have a smart phone. Tried one and it didn't make me smarter . :<(( I do have a Samsung Galaxy 3 tablet. The reason I say this is because one needs an RC device to control it and I don't know if the Samsung can do it.
  • Who is attacking Russia’s bases in Syria? A new mystery emerges in the war.

    01/10/2018 11:55:07 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 22 replies
    WaPo ^ | January 10, 2018 | Liz Sly
    A series of mysterious attacks against the main Russian military base in Syria, including one conducted by a swarm of armed miniature drones, has exposed Russia’s continued vulnerability in the country despite recent claims of victory by President Vladimir Putin. The attacks have also spurred a flurry of questions over who may be responsible for what amounts to the biggest military challenge yet to Russia’s role in Syria, just when Moscow is seeking to wind its presence down. In the most recent and unusual of the attacks, more than a dozen armed drones descended from an unknown location onto Russia’s...
  • Russia foils massive attack on its Syrian bases by electronically “controlling” 6 drones

    01/08/2018 3:31:43 PM PST · by Diogenesis · 21 replies
    Debka ^ | Jan 8, 2018
    Russia foils massive attack on its Syrian bases by electronically “controlling” 6 drones, downing seven The Defense Ministry in Moscow revealed on Monday, Jan. 8: A massive terrorist drone attack on Russian military and naval bases in Syria was thwarted by electronic measures and anti-air weapon fire. The statement said that overnight on Jan. 6, Syrian “militants” (terrorists) sent a large swarm of unmanned aerial vehicles to attack Russia’s Tartus Naval base and Khmeimim air base. Russian defenses took control of six drones and its Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile and gun system shot down another seven. .... they used electronic measures...
  • The world from above: Best drone shots of 2017 capture the beauty of Earth from a bird's-eye view

    01/01/2018 5:33:31 PM PST · by mairdie · 28 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1 January 2018 | Emily Crane
    From majestic animals to sweeping waterfalls and lakes - these are among the best drone images of 2017 that showcase the world from above. The images, chosen by photo-sharing site Dronestagram, reveal 20 of the most stunning shots taken across the world last year. Spectacular scenery is quite common in memorable drone images, but close ups of people and animals was a common theme in 2017.
  • Shark-Spotting Drones on Patrol at Australian Beaches

    12/14/2017 6:02:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    High-tech shark-spotting drones are patrolling dozens of Australian beaches this summer to quickly identify underwater predators and deliver safety devices to swimmers and surfers faster than traditional lifesavers. As hundreds of people lined up in the early morning sun to take part in a recent ocean swimming race at Bilgola Beach north of Sydney, they did so in the knowledge the ocean had been scanned to keep them safe. “I think it is really awesome,” 20-year-old competitor Ali Smith said. “It is cool to see technology and ocean swimming getting together, and hopefully more people will feel safer and get...
  • Pakistan air force chief order: Shoot down US drones

    12/09/2017 8:43:33 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 30 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Dec 7, 2017 | Omer Farooq Khan
    Pakistan Air Force (PAF) chief Sohail Aman said here on Thursday that he has ordered his force to shoot down any drones, including those of the US, if they violate the country's airspace. The announcement was made public about two weeks after a US drone strike targeted a militant compound in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, killing three militants.
  • Instead Of Water, Military Drones Helping Fight Fire With Data

    12/09/2017 5:14:38 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    cbs2la ^ | December 9, 2017 at 12:10 am
    Firefighters have been working nonstop to put out multiple wildfires ravaging land and homes from the hills to the beaches of Southern California. High above the flames and smoke, heavy duty materiel is helping them better battle those blazes. In a partnership between state fire protection agency CAL FIRE and the California Air National Guard, unmanned drones have been assisting firefighters by relaying information that those on the ground could not otherwise get. The MQ-9 Reapers that were deployed this week have sensors that can see through smoke and feed back live video to the fire command. “We can show [firefighters]...
  • The Farms of the Future Will Be Automated From Seed to Harvest

    11/10/2017 10:30:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | October 30, 2017 | Peter Rejcek
    Swarms of drones buzz overhead, while robotic vehicles crawl across the landscape. Orbiting satellites snap high-resolution images of the scene far below. Not one human being can be seen in the pre-dawn glow spreading across the land. This isn’t some post-apocalyptic vision of the future à la The Terminator. This is a snapshot of the farm of the future. Every phase of the operation—from seed to harvest—may someday be automated, without the need to ever get one’s fingernails dirty. In fact, it’s science fiction already being engineered into reality. Today, robots empowered with artificial intelligence can zap weeds with preternatural...
  • White House moves to spur drone development

    10/26/2017 6:41:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association ^ | October 26, 2017 | Jim Moore
    Two weeks after a group of drone manufacturers, users, and other organizations appealed to the White House for a collaborative approach to accelerating the development of drone technology, President Donald Trump on Oct. 25 signed a memo aiming to accelerate low-altitude testing of package delivery and other advanced applications. AOPA was among the 29 organizations signing the Oct. 11 appeal to ease some of the regulatory obstacles to developing a technology that has the potential to create jobs and spur an industry with multibillion-dollar potential. The executive memorandum directs Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao to create a program to...
  • Terror from skies as Mexican cartel attaches bomb to drone

    10/25/2017 5:34:00 AM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 24, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    Mexican police discovered four men carting a kamikaze drone equipped with an IED and a remote detonator last week, in what analysts say is an example of cartels figuring out how to weaponizing UAVs. The disturbing development is a manifestation of something top American security chiefs warned Congress about earlier this year, when they said they feared terrorists would begin to use drones to attack targets within the U.S.
  • Police Commission approves controversial year-long test of drones by LAPD

    10/17/2017 8:19:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    The 3-1 vote was met by jeers from dozens of people who crowded the Police Commission’s meeting room, many of whom repeatedly urged the civilian oversight panel to reject the proposal. “Shame on you!” some shouted. “Shame on you!” That frustration spilled outside the LAPD’s downtown headquarters as protesters settled in the middle of 1st and Main streets, chanting and holding signs as they denounced the decision. Officers ultimately led four people away in handcuffs. Drones have been hailed by law enforcement across the country as a valuable technology that could help find missing hikers or monitor armed suspects without...
  • Las Vegas Shooter Targeted Secret Government Planes In Addition To Victims

    10/05/2017 12:25:58 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 58 replies
    RADAR ^ | October 5, 2017 | Staff
    Las Vegas Shooter Targeted Secret Government Planes In Addition To Victims Stephen Paddock ‘might have held anti-American views,’ expert says. By Radar Staff Posted on Oct 5, 2017 @ 13:27PM Las Vegas Shooter Targeted Secret Government Planes In Addition To Victims thumbnail Las Vegas madman Stephen Paddock not only targeted innocent concertgoers — but also seemingly the hanger for the U.S. government’s super secret JANET airlines. Law enforcement sources exclusively told RadarOnline.com that just afield of the two massive, circular fuel tanks at which Paddock fired, lies the shadowy terminal for JANET. “JANET is essentially an airline that doesn’t exist,”...
  • US Navy launches UUVRON, its first squadron of drones for 'undersea combat'

    10/01/2017 3:17:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 1, 2017 | Immanuel Jotham
    The US Navy has launched its first ever squadron of unmanned undersea vehicles to assist them in battle. The Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Squadron (UUVRON) will likely be the first of many military units to make use of robots under the sea, according to reports. While there is a fleet of underwater robots put to use by the Navy, they serve a scientific, survey purpose and are operated by the Military Sealift Command for the Naval Oceanographic Office. UUVRON 1 will take on different duties that include a supportive role with US Navy warships and submarines. According to a Discovery magazine...
  • Bold Eagles: Angry Birds Are Ripping $80,000 Drones Out of the Sky

    09/29/2017 9:47:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 29, 2017 | Mike Cherney
    Daniel Parfitt thought he’d found the perfect drone for a two-day mapping job in a remote patch of the Australian outback. The roughly $80,000 machine had a wingspan of 7 feet and resembled a stealth bomber. There was just one problem. His machine raised the hackles of one prominent local resident: a wedge-tailed eagle.
  • FBI Director: Terrorist Drones Coming Here Imminently

    09/27/2017 11:12:11 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 27Sept17 | Chuck Ross
    FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Congress on Wednesday that terrorist groups are looking to use drones to wage attacks in the U.S. “I think we do know that terrorist organizations have an interest in using drones,” Wray testified in a hearing for the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. “We’ve seen that overseas already with growing frequency. I think the expectation is that it’s coming here imminently. I think they are relatively easy to acquire, relatively easy to operate, and quite difficult to disrupt and monitor,” Wray added.
  • 'Swarm attack' from armed drones pose 'grave threat' to Trump

    09/25/2017 3:20:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 25, 2017 | Paul Bedard
    The Secret Service is facing a "grave" threat to President Trump from a new wave of high-tech weapons including armed drones, plastic guns made on 3-D printers and even sophisticated IEDs, according to a new alert issued by a former agent. "This threat is grave," Dan Bongino told Secrets. The author of a new book on the Secret Service that calls for a seismic change of thinking at the agency, Bongino said terrorists are eager to unleash an attack on their "ultimate prize." New age threats include weaponized drones delivered in "swarms" that could attack the White House or any...
  • India Eyes $8 Billion Worth 100 Avenger Predator Drones from US

    09/24/2017 11:03:09 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 3 replies
    Defense World ^ | September 22, 2017 | Vishwanath Patil
    Predator C Avenger Drone (Image: General Atomics) India has plans to buy 100 jet propelled Avenger predator drones from the US costing an estimated $8 billion for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Besides joint projects under the bilateral Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI), in her first major engagement with a foreign counterpart, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman talks on September 26 with the US officials will focus on India-US defence cooperation, maritime security, avenger predator drones, counter-terrorism and other major issues of mutual concern, the sources added. Issues related to American defence companies seeking guarantees of retaining control of propriety...
  • 3 Reasons Why the Drone Industry Is Hiring Thousands of New Workers

    09/19/2017 6:16:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Inc. Magazine ^ | September 18, 2017 | Lisa Calhoun, General partner, Valor Ventures
    For the first time in history, investments in drones--those buzzy airborne gadgets that used to be called UAVs--have crossed a billion dollars. $1.2 billion has already been invested in unmanned aerial tech in 2017 so far, according to CB Insights. When I invested in a drone startup last year, there was only about $600 million in venture capital deployed. Drone pilots still had to be licensed like fixed-wing aircraft. "In the past several years, the drone space has crossed the threshold from being driven by hobbyists and experimentalists to being largely enterprise-dominated," says John Frankel, founder at FFVC, a New...