Mercedes-Benz and Matternet unveil vans that launch delivery drones

Mercedes-Benz Vans and drone tech startup Matternet have created a concept car, or as they’re calling it a Vision Van, that could change the way small packages are delivered across short distances. The Vision Van’s rooftop serves as a launch and landing pad for Matternet’s new, Matternet M2 drones. The Matternet M2 drones, which are autonomous, can pick up…

Domino’s planning drone pizza delivery service in New Zealand

Company is looking to become first to carry out regular deliveries by drone from late 2016 after conducting trial run in Auckland  A Domino’s pizza delivery drone sits on a table with a pizza box underneath before a demonstration in Auckland. Photograph: Domino’s/Reuters Thursday 25 August 2016 10.27 BSTLast modified on Tuesday 21 February 2017 17.16 GMT Domino’s Pizza…

Commercial UAVs: Fad or the Future?

What is a UAV? UAVs or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, more commonly referred to as drones, have been in development since the early 20th century [1]. Originally intended for military uses such as carrying and detonating explosives remotely, a wave of civil and commercial UAVs have garnered significant attention in recent years. Though the original form…

Types of Drones: Multi-Rotor vs Fixed-Wing vs Single Rotor vs Hybrid VTOL

Although multi-rotors get most of the attention in the drone world, they are not the only option. If you’re serious about aerial mapping then you need to consider a fixed-wing aircraft, and single-rotor helis are also a great solution for some niche applications too. Here’s a run-down of the four main types of aerial drone platforms,…

DRONES IN AGRICULTURE | PERFORMANCE IS EVERYTHING

(Photo: Vulcan UAV) When it comes to using drones in agriculture, performance is everything. Drones in agriculture can be used to increase farm crop yields and accurately monitor fields, while simultaneously decreasing time, labor and resources. There are many benefits to drones in agriculture and by using professional quality components can you can increase performance…

SHOULD YOU USE PROFESSIONAL DRONES?

(Photo: Birdseye Productions) Professional drones have many advantages that standard hobby drones don’t quite fulfill. Even though many hobby drones can be customized with UAV kits, including multirotor motors, propellers and electronics, professional drones have an edge in commercial and industrial applications. ADVANTAGES OF PROFESSIONAL DRONES Buying or building your own professional drone has many…