The crafts are fully electric, with 18 rotors and nine independent battery systems that can pick up the slack to keep the craft in the air if anything fails mid-flight. Volocopter claims the quick-charge battery can be fully juiced in as little as 40 minutes for a max flight time of about 30 minutes. That’s at the standard cruising speed of 50 km/h (around 30 mph) and a top speed of 100 km/h (about 62 mph).
Drones are becoming a ubiquitous technology with their increasing capabilities. Amazon is using them to deliver packages, Japanese innovators have created pollinator drones, and drones are even being used as backup dancers for pop stars. There are even drones emerging that could help to save lives.One such drone is being developed by Flypulse, a Swedish startup working on an autonomous drone that can bring life-saving equipment to the scene of a medical emergency. Its has the ability to deliver Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at an incredible speed — four times faster than an ambulance.
The drones being used are electrically powered, fully autonomous and are guided by GPS. Similar to those unveiled by Amazon towards the end of last year, they have a range of 15 mi (24 km) and, when making deliveries, fly at an altitude of around 400 ft (122 m) at speeds of up to 55 mph (88 km/h). Packages of up to 5 lb (2.3 kg) in weight can be carried.As per the agreed parameters of the trial, the drones are currently only permitted to be used during daylight hours, in low winds and with good visibility. They can’t currently be flown when it is raining, windy or icy, but Amazon says these restrictions will be loosened as the collected trial data makes it reasonable to do so.
A Drone That Automatically Hunts Down And Captures Other Drones With A Net6 diggs Aviation TechnologyThe One Touch Interceptor TI automatically hunts down any foreign drone that has entered its airspace, and safely brings it back to Earth,
An Israeli radar startup has developed technology that could prove to be fundamental in helping autonomous delivery drones to get off the ground.Arbe Robotics, based in Tel Aviv, has built a radar system that combines hardware and software to allow autonomous drones to detect and avoid objects up to 1km away, up from 150 metres in the first iteration of its product.Many of today’s autonomous drones use cameras to try and detect objects that they could crash into, but these cameras can only see things up to 50 metres away and they’re not always able to identify potential hazards.“The main advantage of radar is that radar sees everything,” said Kobi Marenko, the cofounder of Arbe Robotics, during an interview with Business Insider in Tel Aviv. “There’s nothing that doesn’t bring back the radar signal except the F35 (stealth aircraft).
A fully fledged drone service dropping items off across the US is a ways off yet, but the concept has now edged a little closer to reality with 7-Eleven carrying out the nation’s first drone delivery to a customer’s home. The retailer teamed up with drone startup Flirtey to complete the shipment, whose flying robot was loaded up with Slurpees and other snacks to give convenience store a new kind of meaning.The deliveries began at a 7-Eleven store in Reno, Nevada, a state where Flirtey has set up shop with an office at the University of Nevada, looking to grow its technology at one of just six federally approved drone testing sites in the US.
Ehang 184, the eponymous giant, 500-pound drone first introduced at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, is returning to Nevada for potential test flights, according to The Las Vegas Review Journal. While the size of a small airplane, the Ehang 184 is truly a drone. Passengers get in the one-seater, enter their destination and the Ehang 184 — essentially a flying robot — does the rest.