May 22, 2020

Delivery app Meituan Dianping has started to deploy robots in the Shunyi district of Beijing. “This project is to minimise the risk of potential infections caused by human contact and meet the needs of customers in this special time,” said Meituan in a statement. The a...

October 31, 2019

EHang, one of China’s largest drone makers, has made an application for an initial public offering (IPO) with Nasdaq. The Guangzhou-based company plans to float 10-15% of its shares, with the company’s valuation not yet set. Credit Suisse Group and Morgan Stanley are t...

October 31, 2019

Chinese drone behemoth DJI recently unveiled its latest consumer drone called the Mavic Mini which weighs just 249 grams (0.55 pounds). The 249 grams sounds like an odd marketing point but the main reason for this specific weight is that it does not weigh enough to mea...

July 1, 2019

Swiss Post’s drone delivery service has been indefinitely suspended after a drone crashed not far from a group of kindergarten children. The program ferries healthcare items like lab samples between hospitals and uses large quadrotor drones made by U.S. company Mattern...

May 1, 2019

During the Re:MARS 2019 conference in Las Vegas, Amazon unveiled its latest prototype drone for Prime Air package deliveries to its customers. It is a hybrid aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing like a helicopter, and horizontal flying capability like a plane ach...

April 1, 2019

On April 19th, a custom-made drone made a 2.8 mile (5 km), 10-minute flight to deliver a human kidney to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, where it was successfully transplanted to a 44-year old patient. This night-time drone flight culminated from a three-yea...

April 1, 2019

An offshoot of Alphabet Inc.’s Google has become the first drone operator to receive government approval as an airline, an important step that gives it the legal authority to begin dropping products to actual customers. The subsidiary called Wing Aviation, now has the...

March 1, 2019

Logistics leader UPS and drone maker Matternet have announced a groundbreaking logistics service to deliver medical samples via drone across WakeMed, a major healthcare system in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is the first FAA sanctioned use of a drone system for routin...

February 1, 2019

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced proposed regulations for drone operators which will involve public consultation and encourage greater adoption and safer drone operation in the long term. The first begins with proposed regulations to allow drone...

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