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Will We Pick Privacy Over Convenience When It Comes to Drones?

By Caren Morrison, Georgia State University | August 18, 2015 10:21 am
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When a Kentucky man shot his neighbor’s drone out of the sky over his house this July, the story hit a nerve. What’s a guy to do when there’s a drone snooping in his backyard, scaring his kids?

It seemed every talking head, from Kentucky state representatives to local news anchors to Fox & Friends, had come to a consensus: there ought to be a law.

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Amazon Proposes Air Traffic Control Plan for Drones

By Carl Engelking | July 28, 2015 4:18 pm
An early Amazon delivery drone prototype. (Credit: Amazon)

An early Amazon delivery drone prototype. (Credit: Amazon)

As the drone industry continues to gain momentum in the United States, some big-name companies are vying to rule the skies.

On Tuesday, Amazon — the company that wants drones to deliver goods within 30 minutes of placing an order — unveiled a bold plan to carve out a chunk of airspace that would serve as a fast lane for commercial drones. Amazon’s experts believe this is the best way to accommodate tens of thousands of drones that will be buzzing over our heads in the coming decade. Read More

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Amazon’s Drones Could Follow You to Complete a Delivery

By Carl Engelking | May 7, 2015 3:28 pm

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If Amazon’s drone delivery service ever gets airborne, the company’s drones may follow you to work to deliver your package.

That’s one of the more intriguing details included in Amazon’s patent application, approved April 30, which lays out the company’s plan of operation for its delivery drones. The document indicates that Amazon’s vision for drone deliveries is a lot bigger than just moving a package from point A to point B. Read More

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Drone Delivery Services Are Booming In China

By Carl Engelking | March 27, 2015 12:39 pm
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SF Express delivery drone. (Credit: Weibo)

While companies like Amazon are chomping at the bit to launch drone delivery services in the United States, packages are already soaring through the air in China.

Two years ago, residents in the city of Dongguang spotted experimental SF Express-branded delivery drones hovering overhead with packages in tow. SF Express is the country’s largest mail carrier, and it presently delivers roughly 500 packages a day via drone. Now, the company says it plans to expand its services and double the number a packages it sends each day, according to a Chinese news report.

The state of drone couriers in China couldn’t contrast more with the situation here in the United States. Read More

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