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Law Enforcement Must Play Strong Role to Deter Dangerous Use of Drones: IATA

Law enforcement authorities must play a strong role to ensure there are suitable deterrents in place for those flying recreational drones to prevent danger to passenger aircraft, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Tuesday. Risks posed by the …

U.S. to Expand Testing of Drones

President Donald Trump launched a program on Wednesday to expand testing of drones to include flights over people, nighttime operations and flights out of sight of the operator, the White House said. The pilot program aims to speed up the …

Insurers Deploy Drone Fleets to Speed Harvey Disaster Recovery

Fleets of commercial drones are primed to hover over the destruction from Tropical Storm Harvey in an unprecedented test of unmanned aircraft’s ability to assess billions of dollars in damage for the insurance industry and accelerate payouts for harried policyholders. …

Through the Roof: Drone Startup Cites Milestone of 6,000 Inspections

BetterView, an insurance technology startup that captures and analyzes data from drones, said it has performed more than 6,000 roof top inspections for insurers since its inception two years ago. San Francisco, California based BetterView has software that streamlines the …

Drone Makers Shift to Commercial Uses as Consumer Market Crashes

The fledgling drone industry is in the throes of change as weak consumer demand and falling prices drive startups to shift their focus to specialized business applications. 3D Robotics – an early drone startup that raised more than$125 million from …

Putting Drone Deliveries of Disaster Relief to the Test

How to distribute lifesaving supplies quickly and safely after a natural disaster has long been a puzzle for responders. Now, drones might be the lifesaver. That idea was put to the test this week in New Jersey as a drone …

ArgoGlobal Launches Insure4Drones, Online Portal for UK Drone Insurance

ArgoGlobal, the Lloyd’s insurer and member of Argo Group, today announces the launch of Insure4Drones. The online portal, developed with approved Lloyd’s coverholder JRW Group, offers click-and-buy insurance products for the UK’s commercial drone market. The new service, which is …

Violating Swedish Nuclear Drone Ban Will Land You in Jail, Void Insurance Cover

If you’re planning a drone fly-by at any of Sweden’s reactors, think again. The Nordic region’s biggest producer of atomic energy will from Oct. 15 add nuclear plants to a list of sites including airports and hospitals with no-fly zones …

Google Receives Patent on Drones for Emergency Medical Services

Google Inc. received a patent on the use of drones to provide emergency medical service. Patent 9,051,043, issued June 9, covers the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to provide emergency medical support. Google said the vehicles would be configured to …

Corporations Push for Fewer U.S. Drone Restrictions

As U.S. regulators study how to govern commercial drones, corporate America is plunging ahead on using unmanned aircraft in a bid to speed the process and win concessions on proposed restrictions. Large companies including American International Group Inc., Chevron Corp. …