Hokianga Restricted Airspace is an 874 square kilometre area in New Zealand that has been opened up to trials of UAVs flying beyond visual line of sight (BVLoS). The test range has been dubbed “Incredible Skies” and it extends the opportunity for a new wave of UAV research, both in New Zealand, and globally.
Japan is the world´s predominant industrial robot manufacturer: The production capacity of the Japanese suppliers has reached 153,000 units in 2016 – the highest level ever recorded. Today, Japan´s manufacturers deliver 52 percent of the global supply. These are results published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) ahead of the International Robot Exhibition (iREX) in Tokyo - November 29th - December 2nd 2017.
A community-based organization (“CBO”) that represents close to 25,000 drone users, the Drone User Group Network (“DUGN”) proposed changes to both the House and Senate versions of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bills that will help spur innovation, preserve the privacy of the public, preserve the privacy of drone users, and enhance the efficiency of the aviation system.
Uber broke new ground in August 2016 by offering a new form of ride-sharing service in Pittsburgh. Certain users requesting a ride will be randomly selected to receive a free ride in one of the company’s brand new SUVs with no human driver, making Uber the first company to offer self-driving taxi services. However, Bryan Casey, writing in the September 2016 Stanford Law Review, has identified a potential loophole that Uber’s new cars may not be able to negotiate.
Self-driving cars and AI received a boost from the Chancellor Philip Hammond in the budget, with a £270m investment fund for “disruptive technologies that have the potential to transform the UK economy”. The newly-formed Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund will support collaborations between businesses and the UK science base.