ABC News (Australia): Google-affiliated drone delivery company clashes with Government over safety and noise concerns

ABC News (Australia): Google-affiliated drone delivery company clashes with Government over safety and noise concerns. “The Federal Government’s move to dodge responsibility for noise in the emerging drone-delivery sector has been met by opposition from a surprising source — the world’s leading drone-delivery company.”

EurekAlert: New US Army software rapidly converts live drone video into 2D and 3D maps

EurekAlert: New US Army software rapidly converts live drone video into 2D and 3D maps . “Dr. Richard ‘Ricky’ Massaro, from the Corps’ Geospatial Research Laboratory, designed a computational algorithm to convert full-motion videos from small drones into image files, extract the metadata, and produce accurate 2D and 3D geospatial images in real-time, according to the Army’s U.S. patent application published on Thursday.”

Slashgear: DJI mobile app will let anyone identify drones in flight

Slashgear: DJI mobile app will let anyone identify drones in flight. “DJI, perhaps the world’s biggest maker of professional and hobby drones, is keenly aware of the privacy violations drones can cause. But rather than lock down the drone market, DJI proposes giving everyone a tool to identify errant drones. In other words, rather than restrict all drone users, it wants to make it easier to identify and punish only the bad ones. Its solution is almost too simple to be true, taking the form a free mobile app.”

Engadget: Alphabet’s Wing starts drone deliveries to US homes

Engadget: Alphabet’s Wing starts drone deliveries to US homes. “Alphabet’s Wing has started making deliveries by drone to homes in the US for the first time. During a pilot program in Christiansburg, Virginia, drones will drop off packages from FedEx, Walgreens and local retailer Sugar Magnolia, which include over-the-counter medication, snacks and gifts.”

DroneDJ: UK database of drone pilots would cost eye-watering £4m

DroneDJ: UK database of drone pilots would cost eye-watering £4m. “UK database capturing information of drone pilots would cost an eye-watering £4m. The government database would collect the personal information of around 150.000 UK drone pilots. Apart from its very high initial price, the database would cost another £2.9m per year to maintain.”