West Virginia Implements Drone Legislation

A few weeks ago we wrote an article outlining the differences, and similarities, between the American and European regulatory frameworks covering the issue of drones and shared airspace. We emphasized the fact that the USA has a federal agency with jurisdiction over the entire airspace over the nation, but at the same time there are…

AirSim: A Simulator to Help AI Research for Use in Drones

Microsoft’s Aerial Informatics and Robotics (AIR) group has created a more affordable platform for drone manufacturers to test new products: the AirSim. Built on Unreal engine, AirSim is a platform for artificial intelligence (AI) research to experiment with deep learning, computer vision and reinforcement learning algorithms for autonomous vehicles. The simulator provides tools and makes…

Assessing Risk and Establishing Insurance Needs for Drone Operators

In trying to figure out what topics were going to be of critical importance to commercial drone operators in 2017, insurance and risk kept coming up as major areas of interest. Many drone operators are uncertain about what it means to properly assess risk and establish insurance needs. These kind of shortcomings can lead to…

Neurala Provides a Brain for Drones to Enable Autonomy, AI and More

Drones can now be fully automated and controlled by software. That begs the question of what could happen if a drone had a brain and could think for itself? Neurala is a company that may have the answer. In January 2017, the artificial intelligence company Neurala received a series A funding round of $14 million…