Image via Matternet   Following four years of “rigorous evaluation,” the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally approved Matternet’s M2 delivery drone, making it the first non-military unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to receive the certification. According to the firm, being awarded Type Certification means its drone has “strong competitive advantage,” having the safety and reliability of its unmanned aircraft greenlighted by the authorities.  During the evaluation process, officials looked over stringent requirements on the aircraft’s design, its documentation, and how it fared in tests across a wide range…

[Click here to view the video in this article] Image via Baidu / PR Newswire   As we hurtle towards the age of autonomous machines, many companies worldwide have introduced innovative concepts in recent years, such as an underground freight system, drone rescue system, and mobile robots.  Now, China’s foremost search engine company, Baidu, has unveiled its next-generation fully autonomous vehicle, dubbed the Apollo RT6.   Image via Baidu / PR Newswire   The car will be the first model built on Xinghe, Baidu’s self-developed automotive program. And…

[Click here to view the video in this article] Image via Wing   Wing, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has recently unveiled its ‘aircraft library’ comprising differently-sized drones for the range of packages it plans to autonomously deliver.  As the company’s CEO Adam Woodworth points out, on-demand delivery à la Amazon Prime or DoorDash always requires a variety of vehicles to operate, as what’s used to move a ton of gravel would differ greatly from one moving a gallon of milk.  According to Interesting Engineering, the…

Image via Walmart   Remember when same-day express shipping was a marvel? Well, retail companies have certainly stepped up their game, with Walmart recently announcing it will expanding its DroneUp delivery network to over four million households by the end of the year. The initiative, which will allow the brand to delivery over a million packages via air per year, will be first made available in six states, including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. From 8 am to 8 pm daily, customers will be able to…

Image via Royal Mail   In an announcement this week, the UK’s Royal Mail unveiled plans to scale its use of drone technology by creating over 50 new postal drone routes over the next three years, which will help serve residents in more remote communities.  Aside from the convenience factor, the company noted the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could lessen its carbon emissions, and improve the reliability of mail services, especially in rural areas.  At the moment, the Royal Mail relies on ferries, conventional aircraft, and…

[Click here to view the video in this article] Image via A.L.I. Technologies Look out, Green Goblin and Goblin Rider. A sci-fi-esque hoverbike is now ready for the market, but interested buyers will need ¥77 View original article at Design Taxi

Image via Exosonic The US Air Force (USAF) will began working with supersonic aviation firm Exosonic to develop the first-ever supersonic combat drone that can be used in training. Due to the lack of pilots and training personnel, the unmanned air vehicle (UAV) could soon be used as a “mock adversary” for fighter pilots to practice with during live exercises. According to SlashGear, Exosonic touted its project as a way to train USAF pilots at a lower cost, and by using the devices, it will also prevent unnecessary…

The time has come for boring boxes that hold scrumptious chicken wings to transform into drones. In the latest marketing ploy to appear hip and tech savvy, India’s Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) announced it’s introducing Limited Edition DIY drone boxes to hold their wings. No big deal. Just a normal 2018 thing. SEE ALSO: Learn how to use that new drone you got as a gift The “Kentucky Flying Object,” or KFO as they’re calling it (ha ha,) can be created from select boxes of the chain’s newly…

They look like aerial photos of a city taken by a drone, but they are in fact incredible wooden sculpturesJames McNabb is an American designer who began using scrap wood to create unique skylines. All the structures are connected to each other, creating entire cities.  Read more.. View original article at Mashable

Researchers at Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute have created a tiny insect drone. A dragonfly was genetically modified so that that it can be piloted remotely through pulses in its nerve cord. It carries a small backpack with electronics and a solar panel that powers it. But this isn’t the first animal cyborg. Read more View original article at Mashable