Amazon, the world’s best-known e-commerce company, begins testing drone delivery in a small town in California.
The German manufacturer Wingcopter has signed a contract with Continental Drones Ltd, a subsidiary of Ghanaian and Dubai-based Atlantic Trust Holding, to set up a sub-Saharan parcel delivery network covering 49 African countries.
After four years in development, Flyability has unveiled the Elios-3 drone, which is capable of autonomous flight and features some of the most advanced 3D scanning technology on the market, thanks to its artificial intelligence, on-board LIDAR system, 4K resolution camera, thermal camera, remote sensors and built-in Nvidia video card.
The prototype drone proved to be extremely energy-efficient: it spent more than 24 minutes in the air on a single charge. The maple fruit is a favourite of many children, and when thrown into the air it spins downwards for a long time, but no one had any idea what a great drone could be made from its construction.
The drone, developed by AirSeed Technology, uses artificial intelligence to spray seeds from the air. Deforestation is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, affecting the Earth’s ecosystem in many ways. The loss of habitat for various animal and plant species threatens the survival of tens of thousands of species, while the disappearance of trees that sequester carbon dioxide also has a negative impact on halting climate change.
Bloomberg has published a detailed report on the obstacles to the launch of Amazon’s drone delivery program, from high turnover rates to potential security risks.