In a drone vs. ambulance showdown, first aid supplies get to patients faster when flown rather than driven through surface streets, sirens wailing. That’s what researchers from Iraq and Australia found during test scenarios with a DJI Phantom 3 Professional remote-controlled drone pitted against a human-driven ambulance vehicle in a busy Iraqi city. In four tests, the drone raced an ambulance from a hospital in Erbil, Iraq, to crowded neighborhoods near schools and markets with narrow streets. Each delivery method was timed to see how long it took…

More and more firms are developing battery-powered vertical take-off and landing aircraft, with the latest effort shown off this week by tech firm NEC. The successful test flight saw the machine stay airborne for about 40 seconds. View original article at Digital Trends

The FAA’s original B4UFLY app for drone pilots was roundly lambasted for being confusing, slow, and glitchy when it launched in 2016. On Wednesday it rolled out an overhauled, improved app to help drone owners fly safely. View original article at Digital Trends

Unmanned aerial vehicle (Photo Credit: Pexels/Pixabay) Move over, Amazon: UPS is on track to have one of the country’s first fully certified, revenue-generating drone operations. The United Parcel Service this week applied to the FAA for approval to conduct commercial drone flights under its new UPS Flight Forward subsidiary. If authorized, the shipping company could fly unmanned aerial vehicles beyond human operators’ visual line of sight—day or night. Very few businesses have been given the green light under this permit, which is the same one Alphabet’s Wing received…

TL;DR: The DJI Mavic Air Quadcopter is $679 for Prime Day, saving you $120.  Summer is a great time to explore. Whether that means going on a hike or relaxing on a beach, by yourself, or with friends, there’s no better time to see the world for yourself. And what better way to capture your new adventures than with a drone? You don’t have to be a professional photographer or science whiz to fly a drone. Drones have become more accessible, and as a result, the interest in…