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.
Sophia Robot, an advanced lifelike humanoid robot, speaks October 25 at a panel on robotics and artificial intelligence at the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, shortly before being declared a citizen of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the first country to grant citizenship to a robot. Sophia was built by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics Ltd., which says its humanlike robots have remarkable expressiveness, aesthetics, and interactivity.
Craig Kirk, General Manager of Delta Insurance New Zealand Limited discusses the new UAV insurance they are offering, the country’s most comprehensive UAV solution launched in February this year. Sam Jennings, legal expert and director of aviation consulting firm Jennings Consulting Ltd also provides insights to insurance and regulation of UAVs in New Zealand and what the future has to offer.
The working-age population – defined as those from 15 to 59 – fell for the first time in decades in 2012, according to official figures, and has declined ever since. It is expected to carry on falling until at least 2030. With the problem of an ageing population, China is expected to invest heavily in robots to supplement its workforce.