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Daimler invests in flying air taxi

Daimler invests in flying air taxi

Aug 4, 2017 Germany
The objective of making flying possible for everyone has drawn closer: In July 2017 the aviation start-up Volocopter agreed a finance deal over 25 million Euros with the automobile firm Daimler from Stuttgart, the technology investor Lukasz Gadowski from Berlin and further investors.
Sun Flyer 4 announced

Sun Flyer 4 announced

Aug 2, 2017 United States
Aero Electric Aircraft Corp (AEAC) has announced plans for a four-place airplane, Sun Flyer 4, the next addition to the Sun Flyer family of aircraft. In addition, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology is the first flight school to hold a deposit for a Sun Flyer 4.
Ten-engine electric plane completes successful flight test

Ten-engine electric plane completes successful flight test

Jun 23, 2017 United States
Imagine a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft
Funding to develop robotic pilot for autonomous aircraft

Funding to develop robotic pilot for autonomous aircraft

Jun 22, 2017 United States
A drop-in robotic system to rapidly convert a variety of traditionally manned aircraft to robotically piloted, autonomous aircraft.
Largest drone logistics network

Largest drone logistics network

Jun 1, 2017 2 China
JD.com, China's largest retailer, online or offline, has reached an agreement with the provincial government of Shaanxi to build China's largest low-altitude drone logistics network.
Combining drones and AI to combat poaching

Combining drones and AI to combat poaching

May 26, 2017 27 United States, South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe
Intelligent drones and AI can be used to help save the planet.
Record set for longest drone urban package delivery

Record set for longest drone urban package delivery

May 17, 2017 4 United States
A new record has been set in long-distance drone delivery. A consortium set the record flying a fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle over 97 miles to Austin, Texas using cellular connectivity.
SolarStratos first test flight

SolarStratos first test flight

May 8, 2017 6 Switzerland
SolarStratos is a commercial two-seater solar plane that aims to be the first manned solar plane penetrating the stratosphere.
Uber partnership to design chargers for flying cars

Uber partnership to design chargers for flying cars

Apr 26, 2017 1 United States
Uber is looking beyond ground transportation and has announced that the company has partnered with ChargePoint to create rapid-charging stations for Uber's planned network of on-demand flying electric cars that will be capable of vertical take-off and landings.
Drones used to analyse ash clouds from Guatemalan volcano

Drones used to analyse ash clouds from Guatemalan volcano

Apr 24, 2017 Guatemala
This is one of the first times that bespoke fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles have been used at a volcano such as Fuego, where the lack of close access to the summit vent has prevented robust gas measurements.
Delivery drone with drive-up-to-your-doorstep capability

Delivery drone with drive-up-to-your-doorstep capability

Apr 6, 2017 United States
Advanced Tactis has successfully completed their first aerial package delivery test with a flying drone that can land with a 5-pound package and safely drive up to the door with no propellers turning to deliver a package to the doorstep of a customer.