Hey, Maybe Don’t Fly Drones Where Firefighters Are Trying to Save Lives

It’s understandable that UAV enthusiasts might be tempted to grab amazing footage of ongoing disasters like the northern California wildfires—providing a unique perspective of a climate change-fuelled catastrophe which has now killed at least 41 people, burned down thousands of buildings and laid waste to hundreds of thousands of acres of land. Read More >>

DJI’s Phantom 4 Is Blazingly Fast and (Almost) Crash-Proof

The world’s biggest drone maker is back with its smartest compact quadcopter yet: The Phantom 4 automatically dodges obstacles, takes amazing video, and makes you look like a drone pro—even if you’ve never touched one before. Read More >>

DJI Releases its Own Version of Apple Care Because Drones Constantly Crash

Everyone’s buying drones nowadays. They’re also crashing them – frequently. So the world’s biggest drone company has revealed a (pricey) protection plan that covers the next time your (already pricey) drone takes a spill. Read More >>

Holy Hell, the US Military Made the Fastest Quadcopter I’ve Ever Seen

DARPA, the Pentagon’s research division, just revealed a speed demon quadcopter that flies 45 miles an hour. It’s like a cheetah drone. I can’t stop watching glorious footage of this glorious thing in action. Read More >>

There’s No Escape From These Drones That Track Your Trails in the Woods

Swiss researchers have come up with AI that lets small quadcopters automatically identify and follow man-made trails in forests. They say it’s to help in search-and-rescue, but it also sounds like nanny state drones that could one day hunt me down in the woods as I dodge search lights on my scramble toward sweet freedom. Read More >>

The Drone Racing League Sounds Infinitely Better Than Formula 1

“My gaaahd, look at the dayyum thangs goooo!” You can almost hear the over-the-top commentary already. The Drone Racing League is a real thing, and it kicks off in Miami next month. Already trembling with excitement? There’s more. Read More >>

MIT Researchers Have Created Drones as Nimble as Pesky Flies

Amazon’s Paul Misener this week compared the company’s upcoming delivery drones to horses, saying they’d be able to automatically detect and avoid obstacles. It’s an impressive-sounding claim, but means sod-all without some sort of demonstration to back things up. Fortunately, the MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab has released footage of drones doing exactly the kinds of things Misener appears to have been describing. Read More >>

Drone Pilots Will Start Getting Awards But Don’t Call Them Medals Quite Yet

Just as American soldiers can be awarded the Silver Star, the third-highest valour awarded to members of the US armed forces, some have long argued that remote operators of drones should be eligible for war medals as well. New reports indicate they might not be getting medals per se, but they will be getting some kind of award. Read More >>

Twitter’s Working on a ‘Democratic Drone’ to Take Users’ Selfies

It’s a little unexpected, but Twitter’s reportedly been granted a patent for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which will apparently be used for one sole purpose: selfies. It’s believed that Twitter’s working on a camera-equipped drone -- yes, I’m calling it a drone -- capable of capturing pictures and videos, and sharing them on the micro-blogging site. Read More >>

This Football-Sized Flying Robot Hovers Around Town to Do Your Bidding

This cute, safe, hovering robot that looks like a flying marshmallow is going to reinvent drone design, its creators say. Read More >>

These Drones Can Fight Fires Using Thermal Imaging

As more tech companies are fighting to enter the drone market, Chinese drone titan DJI just dropped some news that’ll give its products an edge, in everything from agriculture to fighting fires: thermal imaging. Read More >>

This Flamethrower-Equipped Drone Looks Like a Legal Nightmare

The same Connecticut teen whose shotgun-outfitted drone video went viral this summer is back—this time with a flamethrower attached to an unmanned aerial vehicle. Reminder: there is currently no law in the US formally banning individuals from weaponising drones. Read More >>

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Dramatic Drone Chase is Test Video for Self-Driving Flying Machine

Drones are fun, but they’re also just a dumb sack of batteries and plastic. Proof? There's a whole chapter of YouTube devoted to their crashes. But two PhD students think they’ve figured out a way to give the flying machines brains, or, at least the next best thing. Read More >>

Watch the Biggest Ever Drone Swarm Take to the Sky

The robots are coming, thick and fast. A team of researchers from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California has successfully lofted 50 drones into the air at once, all controlled by a single person — making it the biggest drone swarm ever to enter the sky. Read More >>