U.S. startup Zipline has teamed up with the Rwandan government to deliver blood supplies by drone | Time

For several days Delphine Twese Hamwe’s 2-year old daughter, Ghislane Ihimbazwe, had been screeching in pain as fever wracked her tiny body. A nurse at the local clinic in central Rwanda told her that an acute form of malaria was attacking her daughter’s red blood cells. There was...Read More »

Battlefield internet technologies, interconnected robots focus of new Army programs | EurekAlert

ADELPHI, Md. (Oct. 4, 2017) – The U.S. Army Research Laboratory recently announced the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Pennsylvania as lead research organizations for two enterprise research programs that will address challenges the military faces in internet-connected, robot-rich congested and contested battlefields.

Through its Internet of...Read More »

The Army is working on combat-deployable robots | DefenseNews

Unmanned vehicles in ground combat units will likely first serve in resupply, transport and other logistics-based roles, said a lead Army Research Laboratory researcher.

Stuart Young, head of ARL’s Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance project, told audience members at the...Read More »

Chesapeake-based company's drone pilots fly more than 5,000 Harvey disaster relief missions in Houston area | The Virginian Pilot

A Chesapeake-based company that trains amateur drone pilots coordinated more than 5,000 disaster relief missions in the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey.

DroneUp, an app that’s the main interest of Chesapeake resident Tom Walker’s company DART Ventures, allows certified drone pilots – many of them hobbyists – to sign up for...Read More »

Virginia Aviation Safety Week presents: General Aviation and UAS Integration around Airports

You are cordially invited to attend the discussions where a panel of experts from the DOAV, AOPA, AMA and AUVSI will address issues and your thoughts related to General Aviation and UAS operations in the vicinity of airports. Topics include:

  • Determining whether your location is legal for flight and near an...Read More »

House passes law to accelerate adoption of self-driving technology | ars technica

The House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to streamline rules governing self-driving cars. The legislation passed unanimously in a voice vote.

In a highly polarized era, the debate over self-driving cars has been remarkable for its lack of ideological divisions. Self-driving technology is advancing rapidly in Detroit and Silicon Valley, and...Read More »

Harvey humanitarian efforts aided by Virginia's DroneUp | delmarvanow

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) — Houston is overwhelmed when it comes to search and rescue efforts, so they are seeking help from the skies above.

Not from helicopters, but drones.

A company called DroneUp is mobilizing a team of independent volunteer drone operators to go to Houston, and starting Thursday,...Read More »

Law enforcement sees potential of drones at demonstration in Lynchburg | News Advance

Skies were clear above Riverfront Park on Thursday morning as area law enforcement representatives watched drone flight demonstrations and learned more about potentials for their future use.

Leaders from Project Lifesaver International, including founder and CEO Gene Saunders, explained the history and details of how agencies use...Read More »

New law paves way for delivery robots | WRIC

RICHMOND, VA (VCU CNS) – Having your groceries delivered by a robot sounds like something out of The Jetsons, but that prospect is not as futuristic as you may think.

For the second year in a row, the Virginia General Assembly has passed a law to legalize the operation of autonomous...Read More »

This state wants to usurp California as the capital of driverless cars | Washington Post

Gov. Terry McAuliffe bounded into the spare offices of a start-up incubator to make a rapid-fire pronouncement: He will spend the last nine months of his term trying to make Virginia “the capital of automated vehicles.”

It was his economic development-meets-standup routine, and the commonwealth’s salesman in chief had industry leader...Read More »

Rolling robots could soon be making deliveries in Virginia | Tampa Bay Times

RICHMOND, Va. — Robots about the size of a beer cooler could soon be rolling down Virginia sidewalks to deliver sandwiches, groceries or packages.

Supporters say proposed legislation to allow the robots would make the state the first in the nation to regulate such devices.

State lawmakers partnered with European company Starship...Read More »

Virginia Tech assessing injury risk from unmanned aircraft | sUAS News

Researchers at Virginia Tech — home to both a Federal Aviation Administration-designated test site for unmanned aircraft systems and a world-renowned injury biomechanics group — are developing methods to evaluate the risk posed by small unmanned aircraft to anyone on the ground.

This research is key to enabling flights over people....Read More »