FAA OKs Wildfire Drone Inspections for Verizon’s Skyward

Verizon is dialing up a new mission for its drone subsidiary – wildfire damage inspection. The telecom announced today the FAA granted Portland-based Skyward a temporary waiver allowing company pilots to fly Percepto Sparrow drones from their homes to inspect critical communications infrastructure near the Big Hollow wildfire in Washington

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COVID Response: Drone Service Providers to the Rescue

As industries across the globe come to grips with the “new normal” of a COVID-19 challenges, drone service providers (DSP) are launching new levels of innovation across a range of public and commercial sectors. Last year, Barclays projected drones will lower costs by $100 billion across a majority of industries

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Matternet, JAL Expand Drone Delivery to Asia

Drone logistics startup Matternet is taking flight with one of Asia’s largest airlines to expand drone delivery. Today, the California-based company announced a partnership with Japan Airlines to deploy the Matternet M2 drone system to Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s new “drone logistics business development project” – Japan’s initiative to grow drone delivery on a national scale

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Diversity in the Drone Industry: Skydio Steps Up


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U.K. has plans to create aerial drone zone superhighways to contain UAV traffic

To help drones take the next step in mainstream adoption, the U.K. is in the process of establishing what could be the world’s first commercial drone corridor.

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Walmart drone delivery trial brings COVID-19 tests to the home

The Walmart drones just keep coming. 
Over the past few weeks, Walmart has announced drone delivery trials for health and wellness products, as well as groceries with Flytrex and Zipline. Now, the company has started delivering COVID-19 self-collection kits by drone, too. 
Starting Tuesday, customers in the North Las Vegas area will be able to order and receive kits dropped off by DroneUp-powered drones. Then, next month as the trial service continues, those drones will also start delivering kits to customers in Cheektowaga, New York (near Buffalo)

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Sam's Club offers doctor visits with new telehealth subscription while Walmart pilots COVID-19 test drone delivery

Walmart is piloting drone delivery of COVID-19 self-collection kits with Quest Diagnostics and DroneUp while Sam’s Club has a new benefit for members.


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Methane Detection: Shell Expands Drone-Based Program in the Permian Basin

By DRONELIFE staff writer Jim Magill Following a successful two-year pilot program, international oil and gas company Shell will employ a small fleet of drones to fly over more than 500 oil and gas sites in the Permian Basin of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico, searching for leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. […] The post Methane Detection: Shell Expands Drone-Based Program in the Permian Basin appeared first on DRONELIFE

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Drone Delivery of COVID-19 Test Kits: DroneUp, Walmart and Quest Pilot Project in Vegas

The current crisis is providing the opportunity for historic – potentially paradigm-shifting – new projects.  Retail giant Walmart has announced another new drone delivery project: one that brings the capabilities of drone technology during a crisis right to people’s doorstep

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The Drone Industry Barometer 2020: DRONEII Survey Reveals Why Companies Adopt Drones

Drone industry analysts DRONEII has announced the publication of the Drone Industry Barometer 2020: a commercial drone industry survey completed in cooperation with Interaerial Solutions in preparation for Intergeo 2020, which will be held digitally next month. The Drone Industry Barometer surveyed almost 700 companies from 75 countries

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