United States gov gives Apple permission to use drones for Apple Maps

Friday, 11 May, 2018

The winners picked for the drone pilot program are the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma, the North Dakota Department of Transportation; the Lee County Mosquito Control District, in Ft.

Startup Flirtey, which successfully made the first USA drone delivery in 2015, will use UAVs to deliver medical supplies for victims of cardiac arrests in Nevada and also track mosquitoes in Florida.

Notable by their absence, however, are both Amazon, which arguably launched the whole drone craze with its Prime Air drone delivery project, and Chinese firm DJI, a leading maker of consumer drones. It's partnering with mapping startup AirMap, Qualcomm, drone startup Matternet, and the University of California San Diego Health hospital system to deliver patient blood samples, among other things.

The application of the Memphis airport was also approved, which "focuses on the inspection of FedEx aircraft and autonomous operations that support airport operations such as perimeter security surveillance and package delivery". Another partner is General Electric Co, he said. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a 2013 "60 Minutes" interview that the company is pushing for drones to deliver products to people's doors by 2018.

Now Apple can use drones to acquire various data of urban areas and to improve the quality of "map" function.

But Amazon, which wants to offer drone parcel deliveries, has not been chosen.

"By tackling these challenges head-on, I think we're going to get to better paradigms for how drones can operate around people - and make money in the process", Goodwin said. According to Reuters, the program will allow a much larger range of tests than are generally permitted by federal aviation regulators.

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Launched last year, the new United States drone testing initiative puts the country on the map of countries with standardised drone regulation mechanisms, a sector where USA had been lagging for the past few years. The pilot program would help industries like transportation and agriculture and could help manage bridge inspections and traffic flow on roads.

Once the winners are announced, "the FAA will be reaching out to other applicants, as well as interested state and local authorities, to provide additional information on how to operationalize their proposed projects", Lawrence said in his remarks.

Chao said companies that didn't win should keep the federal government abreast of their work, because there were "no losers" after yesterday's announcement.

You could soon see more drones flying in the Mid-South. It began limited drone deliveries in the United Kingdom in 2016.

The drones will be able to fly over people's heads, at night, and outside the view of the drone's operator.

Earlier, the agency confirmed it had sent two planned rules to the White House to regulate the increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

ShotSpotter allows the Louisville Metro Police Department to triangulate coordinates of the sound of gunfire within roughly 80 feet, and the city's drone application indicated that the camera footage from such drones would be monitored by the LMPD's Real Time Crime Center.