Dubai embraces high-tech travel with people-carrying drone

Feb 14, 2017

Dubai embraces high-tech travel with people-carrying drone

Up, up and away: Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July. The arrival of the Chinese-made Ehang 184 — which has already had its flying debut over Dubai’s iconic, sail-shaped Burj al-Arab skyscraper ...

Sticky, insect-sized drones could act as pollinators

Feb 11, 2017

Sticky, insect-sized drones could act as pollinators

Small drones coated with horsehair and a sticky gel could one day help pollinate crops and offset the costly loss of bee populations worldwide, researchers in Japan say. The miniature robots, described in the journal Chem, are a long way from being deployed in ...

Bat-like drone could be better at getting into disaster sites

Feb 2, 2017

Bat-like drone could be better at getting into disaster sites

Holy drone, Batman! Mechanical masterminds have spawned the Bat Bot, a soaring, sweeping and diving robot that may eventually fly circles around other drones. Because it mimics the unique and more flexible way bats fly, this 3-ounce (85-gram) prototype could do a better and ...

Jan 10, 2017

Pentagon successfully tests AI-powered micro-drone swarm

The Pentagon may soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials on Monday said it had successfully tested a swarm of 103 micro-drones. The important step in the development of new autonomous weapon systems was made possible by improvements ...