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Doughnut Delivery Drone Takes Flight in Colorado

Doughnuts were delivered this week by drone to Denver’s mayor and the city’s police and fire departments in an event that provided a glimpse into what companies hope will be a quick, inexpensive way to get merchandise to customers. Denver’s …

Japan Readies Strategy for Drones, Autonomous Vehicles

Japan aims to finalize on June 9 plans to allow package delivery by drone sometime from 2020 and the commercialization of self-driving trucks by 2022, as it scrambles to breathe new life into its corporate sector, sources told Reuters. The …

Amazon’s Delivery Drone Project Focuses on Birds (and How to Avoid Them)

Amazon.com Inc.’s development of package-delivery drones is progressing to the point where the company is now thinking a lot about geese. The e-commerce company said Thursday it has started development of an air-traffic control system to manage its fleet as …

TMK Offers Construction Insurance in UK, Ireland via Online Broker Portal

Tokio Marine Kiln (TMK), the international specialist insurance business, has added construction to its One TMK broker portal. The tailor-made construction insurance product is underwritten through a fully automated process, TMK said, noting the platform provides an efficient way for …

Travelers’ Drone Program Is Changing the Way Its Claims Reps Do Business

Travelers’ Claim University, founded in 2007, is working to change the way its claims professionals do business through the use of drones to assist in property inspection and claims analysis. The nearly 200,000-square foot facility in Windsor, Conn., offers hands-on …

‘Flying Taxi’ Successfully Tested in Germany by Start-Up Lilium Jet

A Bavarian start-up is developing a five-seat “flying taxi” after successful test flights over Germany of a smaller version of the electric jet, the company said on Thursday. Munich-based Lilium, backed by investors who include Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, said …

Proposed Oklahoma Bill Would Allow Property Owners to Destroy Drones

Proposed Oklahoma legislation heading to the Senate would exempt property owners from civil action if they destroy drones not regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration. The proposed bill, authored by Republican Sen. Ralph Shortey, passed out of the Senate Judiciary …

Investments in Insurtech Expected to ‘Keep Booming’ in 2017: KPMG Report

Investor interest in insurtech is expected “to remain hot across all regions of the world” during 2017, following strong growth in 2016, according to a report published by KPMG. In the coming year, most insurtech investments likely will focus on …

Drones Used to Improve Safety on Eni’s Oil Rigs

A British drone operator has won a contract to inspect rigs operated by one of the world’s largest oil producers. Sky Futures Ltd. will deploy drones at Eni S.p.A. facilities as part of a global three-year contract. The company expects …

Drones Being Tested in Minnesota to Conduct Safety Inspections on Bridges

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is testing the use of drones to inspect bridges. Transportation officials expect the technology will save money and provide another perspective on how the state’s bridges are holding up. The drone allows inspectors not only …