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  • There are a few obstacles standing between electric cars and world domination—range anxiety, rare earth supplies, Donald Trump—but perhaps the greatest is the lengthy time it currently takes for EVs to cop a charge. Even the fastest charging stations around, such as Tesla's famed Superchargers, take the better part of an hour to give an electric vehicle the same amount of range a gas-powered car can slurp up in five minutes at the pump. Automakers and other companies are hard at work developing more potent power-ups, but even these—like Porsche's 800-volt chargers for the new Mission E—will still take several minutes to top up a battery pack. But what if electric cars could top up their metaphorical tanks not just faster than internal-combustion vehicles...but could recharge without even stopping at all?It's not a new idea—companies such as Qualcomm have explored wireless chargers built into the road surface to provide power on the go—but none of the past ideas have be..

    Amazon Patents Drone to Recharge Electric Cars While Driving

    There are a few obstacles standing between electric cars and world domination—range anxiety, rare earth supplies, Donald Trump—but perhaps the greatest is the lengthy time it currently takes for EVs to cop a charge. Even the fastest charging stations around, such as Tesla's famed Superchargers, take the better part of an hour to give an electric vehicle the same amount of range a gas-powered car can slurp up in five minutes at the pump. Automakers and other companies are hard at work developing more potent power-ups, but even these—like Porsche's 800-volt chargers for the new Mission E—will still take several minutes to top up a battery pack. But what if electric cars could top up their metaphorical tanks not just faster than internal-combustion vehicles...but could recharge without even stopping at all?It's not a new idea—companies such as Qualcomm have explored wireless chargers built into the road surface to provide power on the go—but none of the past ideas have be..
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  • North Dakota has become one of the country’s leading states in drone experts. It makes sense, as North Dakota is a rural place where the population of 760,000 is minuscule in relation to its more than 39 million acres of land. This allows for drones to be both tested more often and more in-depth, but also benefits from the appeal drones hold for farmers there. In other words, farmers are aware of what an efficiency-boosting tool that unmanned aerial vehicles can be for business, and boy is there a lot of business to be had in North Dakota.According to USA Today, the main areas of focus related to drones in the state are research, experimentation, and testing. Of course, farming being a huge factor of the state’s output, there’s an immediate attraction to agriculture regarding the UAV industry there. There are, after all, around 30,000 farms that could benefit from a tool as efficient as your standard UAV, but North Dakota is using some slightly-more sophisticated drones than what you ..

    North Dakota Ranks Highest in Drone Experts

    North Dakota has become one of the country’s leading states in drone experts. It makes sense, as North Dakota is a rural place where the population of 760,000 is minuscule in relation to its more than 39 million acres of land. This allows for drones to be both tested more often and more in-depth, but also benefits from the appeal drones hold for farmers there. In other words, farmers are aware of what an efficiency-boosting tool that unmanned aerial vehicles can be for business, and boy is there a lot of business to be had in North Dakota.According to USA Today, the main areas of focus related to drones in the state are research, experimentation, and testing. Of course, farming being a huge factor of the state’s output, there’s an immediate attraction to agriculture regarding the UAV industry there. There are, after all, around 30,000 farms that could benefit from a tool as efficient as your standard UAV, but North Dakota is using some slightly-more sophisticated drones than what you ..
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  • We were pretty shocked when we saw that first-person video of a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy driving through one of the raging wildfires in California this week as emergency crews work to get people out of the path of the inferno. But this drone footage following a dedicated U.S. Post Office employee delivering mail in a completely burned-out neighborhood in Santa Rosa is one of the most striking things we've seen in a long time.The Postal Service gets a lot of knocks over their outdated technology and occasionally-questionable customer service, but the sight of this little Grumman LLV puttering through the apocalyptic remains of the city's Coffey Park neighborhood is both bizarre and uplifting all at once. At least a thousand homes in Santa Rosa went up in flames earlier this week, which means thousands of people have had their lives completely upended and worldly possessions destroyed.But just as "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these courie..

    Eerie Drone Footage Shows Postal Worker Deliver Mail in Wildfire-Destroyed Neighborhood

    We were pretty shocked when we saw that first-person video of a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy driving through one of the raging wildfires in California this week as emergency crews work to get people out of the path of the inferno. But this drone footage following a dedicated U.S. Post Office employee delivering mail in a completely burned-out neighborhood in Santa Rosa is one of the most striking things we've seen in a long time.The Postal Service gets a lot of knocks over their outdated technology and occasionally-questionable customer service, but the sight of this little Grumman LLV puttering through the apocalyptic remains of the city's Coffey Park neighborhood is both bizarre and uplifting all at once. At least a thousand homes in Santa Rosa went up in flames earlier this week, which means thousands of people have had their lives completely upended and worldly possessions destroyed.But just as "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these courie..
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  • Underwater drones are being eyed by the Navy for research and defense, marine biologists analyzing the Great Barrier reef, and hobbyists who simply get a kick out of exploring what lies beneath the surface. These remote operated vehicles are a tool just like their aerial counterparts, and now it seems that even the tourism industry sees their appeal. Norwegian cruise line company Hurtigruten is introducing an underwater drone footage as part of their on-board amenities. It will stream real-time video of the marine life lurking beneath its ships to passengers on board.The drone in question is a Blueye Pioneer (which we’ve reported on before), which was designed for operating in low light, is fitted with powerful thrusters to maintain course and stability. According to The Los Angeles Times, Hurtigruten will equip its remote polar water-based cruise ships with the Pioneer, and provide its customers with live footage of wildlife such as orcas, penguins, sharks, and other local species. ..

    Hurtigruten Cruise Ships Stream Underwater Drone Footage for Passengers

    Underwater drones are being eyed by the Navy for research and defense, marine biologists analyzing the Great Barrier reef, and hobbyists who simply get a kick out of exploring what lies beneath the surface. These remote operated vehicles are a tool just like their aerial counterparts, and now it seems that even the tourism industry sees their appeal. Norwegian cruise line company Hurtigruten is introducing an underwater drone footage as part of their on-board amenities. It will stream real-time video of the marine life lurking beneath its ships to passengers on board.The drone in question is a Blueye Pioneer (which we’ve reported on before), which was designed for operating in low light, is fitted with powerful thrusters to maintain course and stability. According to The Los Angeles Times, Hurtigruten will equip its remote polar water-based cruise ships with the Pioneer, and provide its customers with live footage of wildlife such as orcas, penguins, sharks, and other local species. ..
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  • Biomimetic drones take some of their inspiration from biological beings such as birds. We’ve reported on quite a few of these UAVs before, and the idea makes a lot of sense. If you’re developing a machine with the aims of making it efficient and sophisticated, you’d be wise to look at the avian counterpart and compare notes with nature’s already perfected versions as a starting point. Abdessattar Abdelkefi and his team of researchers at New Mexico State University not only learned something about drones by analyzing bird flight, but something about birds themselves, reports New Scientist. Namely, that the color of an albatross’s wings doesn’t entirely result from nature attempting to camouflage the bird, but from an evolutionary advantage regarding flight itself.According to New Scientist, Abdelkefi and his team were looking toward birds in order to gain inspiration and borrow some of nature’s own ideas regarding more efficient flight. It was fortuitous of them to encounter the theor..

    Drone Researchers Unintentionally Figured Out Why Albatross Wings are Black

    Biomimetic drones take some of their inspiration from biological beings such as birds. We’ve reported on quite a few of these UAVs before, and the idea makes a lot of sense. If you’re developing a machine with the aims of making it efficient and sophisticated, you’d be wise to look at the avian counterpart and compare notes with nature’s already perfected versions as a starting point. Abdessattar Abdelkefi and his team of researchers at New Mexico State University not only learned something about drones by analyzing bird flight, but something about birds themselves, reports New Scientist. Namely, that the color of an albatross’s wings doesn’t entirely result from nature attempting to camouflage the bird, but from an evolutionary advantage regarding flight itself.According to New Scientist, Abdelkefi and his team were looking toward birds in order to gain inspiration and borrow some of nature’s own ideas regarding more efficient flight. It was fortuitous of them to encounter the theor..
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  • The four companies competing to build the U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray aircraft carrier-based drone tanker gotten the final request for proposals from the service, though the exact specifics have yet to become public. At the same time, General Atomics has become the first of the firms to show both concept art and models of its complete entry, which the company says will be more than just a flying gas station.On Oct. 10, 2017, USNI News was the first to learn that Naval Air Systems Command, or NAVAIR, had, without much fanfare, sent out formal requests for the MQ-25 to Boeing, General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman. The Navy said it expected to pick a winning design by September 2018.For more than a decade, the Navy has been working to develop a drone capable of operating from its aircraft carriers, first as part of a joint service project with the U.S. Air Force known as the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) and then under its own Unmanned Combat Air System Dem..

    General Atomics Is the First to Show Off Its MQ-25 Drone Tanker Design

    The four companies competing to build the U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray aircraft carrier-based drone tanker gotten the final request for proposals from the service, though the exact specifics have yet to become public. At the same time, General Atomics has become the first of the firms to show both concept art and models of its complete entry, which the company says will be more than just a flying gas station.On Oct. 10, 2017, USNI News was the first to learn that Naval Air Systems Command, or NAVAIR, had, without much fanfare, sent out formal requests for the MQ-25 to Boeing, General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman. The Navy said it expected to pick a winning design by September 2018.For more than a decade, the Navy has been working to develop a drone capable of operating from its aircraft carriers, first as part of a joint service project with the U.S. Air Force known as the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (J-UCAS) and then under its own Unmanned Combat Air System Dem..
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  • It was World Animal Day on Tuesday, which provided the perfect showcase for Intel to promote its drone technology—and how it could potentially illuminate the planet's wildlife more informatively. It's not just that the drone footage is stunning and aesthetically pleasing; researchers and experts in the field can actually use the captured data to learn more about the animals and the habitats involved. According to Fast Company, Intel’s new AI systems and drone technologies work in tandem to record, process, and analyze aerially captured footage, which provides scientists with details related to behavioral patterns and ecological information. What does this process look like? Intel graciously produced a little promotional video that follows wildlife photographer Ole Jørgen Liodden and his Polar Bears & Humans Project group on a drone-assisted arctic glacier mission. Have a look!Similarly, the Snotbot Project, Parley for the Oceans, and the Ocean Alliance have reportedly come ..

    Intel’s Drone Tech Can Help Reveal the Planet’s Wildlife to Us

    It was World Animal Day on Tuesday, which provided the perfect showcase for Intel to promote its drone technology—and how it could potentially illuminate the planet's wildlife more informatively. It's not just that the drone footage is stunning and aesthetically pleasing; researchers and experts in the field can actually use the captured data to learn more about the animals and the habitats involved. According to Fast Company, Intel’s new AI systems and drone technologies work in tandem to record, process, and analyze aerially captured footage, which provides scientists with details related to behavioral patterns and ecological information. What does this process look like? Intel graciously produced a little promotional video that follows wildlife photographer Ole Jørgen Liodden and his Polar Bears & Humans Project group on a drone-assisted arctic glacier mission. Have a look!Similarly, the Snotbot Project, Parley for the Oceans, and the Ocean Alliance have reportedly come ..
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  • Drones are increasingly active on all sorts of terrain, and aren’t limited to aerial activity. From the sky, to land, and the sea, unmanned vehicles are gathering more and more data and providing researchers with previously-unavailable information as time goes on. Most recently, an underwater drone called the Wave Glider has concluded a seven-day research mission at the Great Barrier Reef, relaying its findings in real-time to scientists on land, letting them assess the reef’s unfortunate situation. According to The Australian, the Wave Glider has been touted as one of the main tools for the sophisticated assessment of the Great Barrier Reef. The project resulted from a five-year research agreement between the Australian Institute of Marine Science and aviation giant Boeing. We’ve reported on Boeing’s drone-related inclinations before, and it seems that its subsidiary, Liquid Robotics, was in charge of developing the drone in question. The underwater drone collected data such as wate..

    Wave Glider Drone Finishes 7-Day Great Barrier Reef Research Mission

    Drones are increasingly active on all sorts of terrain, and aren’t limited to aerial activity. From the sky, to land, and the sea, unmanned vehicles are gathering more and more data and providing researchers with previously-unavailable information as time goes on. Most recently, an underwater drone called the Wave Glider has concluded a seven-day research mission at the Great Barrier Reef, relaying its findings in real-time to scientists on land, letting them assess the reef’s unfortunate situation. According to The Australian, the Wave Glider has been touted as one of the main tools for the sophisticated assessment of the Great Barrier Reef. The project resulted from a five-year research agreement between the Australian Institute of Marine Science and aviation giant Boeing. We’ve reported on Boeing’s drone-related inclinations before, and it seems that its subsidiary, Liquid Robotics, was in charge of developing the drone in question. The underwater drone collected data such as wate..
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  • The Sky Anglers Drone Fishing Tournament took place at Rocky Bay near Durban in South Africa last weekend. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. Drones are now officially being used to assist in fishing. To be frank, this symbiotic relationship between unmanned aerial vehicles and casual hobbies should no longer be surprising. But even though we’ve seen drones being used in surfing, in the beloved hobby of destroying things, or to create sophisticated light shows, these sorts of drone implementations continue to surprise and inspire. On Saturday, one of the first drone fishing competitions in the world took place on a South African beach, where 65 of 70 anglers used UAVs to carry their bait offshore to gain an advantage in the competition.According to the South Coast Herald, a regional South African publication, 100,000 South African Rand (a value of $7,326) were on the line. Yugen Govender, who organized the tournament, claimed that this was the first time in the world that drones were ..

    In South Africa, Drone Fishing is Really a Thing

    The Sky Anglers Drone Fishing Tournament took place at Rocky Bay near Durban in South Africa last weekend. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. Drones are now officially being used to assist in fishing. To be frank, this symbiotic relationship between unmanned aerial vehicles and casual hobbies should no longer be surprising. But even though we’ve seen drones being used in surfing, in the beloved hobby of destroying things, or to create sophisticated light shows, these sorts of drone implementations continue to surprise and inspire. On Saturday, one of the first drone fishing competitions in the world took place on a South African beach, where 65 of 70 anglers used UAVs to carry their bait offshore to gain an advantage in the competition.According to the South Coast Herald, a regional South African publication, 100,000 South African Rand (a value of $7,326) were on the line. Yugen Govender, who organized the tournament, claimed that this was the first time in the world that drones were ..
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  • Boeing is in the process of purchasing drone-manufacturer Aurora Flight Sciences, the companies announced Thursday. According to Popular Mechanics, the appeal for Boeing here is to garner as many experts in certain advanced aviation concepts, such as vertical take-offs for passenger drones, in both unmanned and autonomous planes. Boeing hasn't disclosed how much it paid for Aurora, which started up in 1989, but from what we know of drone company, this is a smart move. Aurora has been a significant competitor to other giant organizations in UAV industry, such as NASA and DARPA. According to Aviation Week, Aurora has been snatching up huge research projects from underneath the competition’s feet, including Lockheed Martin's, and yes, even Boeing's. For the latter to consume Aurora makes strategic sense.One of those aforementioned wins by Aurora came last year, when the company beat Boeing to acquire a DARPA contract related to vertical take-offs for a plane called the ..

    Boeing Just Bought Drone Company Aurora Flight Sciences

    Boeing is in the process of purchasing drone-manufacturer Aurora Flight Sciences, the companies announced Thursday. According to Popular Mechanics, the appeal for Boeing here is to garner as many experts in certain advanced aviation concepts, such as vertical take-offs for passenger drones, in both unmanned and autonomous planes. Boeing hasn't disclosed how much it paid for Aurora, which started up in 1989, but from what we know of drone company, this is a smart move. Aurora has been a significant competitor to other giant organizations in UAV industry, such as NASA and DARPA. According to Aviation Week, Aurora has been snatching up huge research projects from underneath the competition’s feet, including Lockheed Martin's, and yes, even Boeing's. For the latter to consume Aurora makes strategic sense.One of those aforementioned wins by Aurora came last year, when the company beat Boeing to acquire a DARPA contract related to vertical take-offs for a plane called the ..
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