Uber looking into autonomous drones that can carry passengers through the air, drones breaking world records for flightime, and drones poaching poachers are just a few of the highlights in UAV news from this past week. This is the Weekly Drone Review, 10/9/2016.
Ben Popper, from the Verge reports on a Chinese battle royale where teams pit sophisticated robots against each other.
Motley Fool’s Travis Hoium examines the different applications being developed for drones in the security market.
Computer World’s Mike Elgan makes the argument for ground robots making deliveries as opposed to their flying counterparts.
Uber looks to take their ride service to the next level by developing autonomous aircraft that will transport passengers across cities. (Quartz)
U.S. firm Latitude Engineering has broken the record for flight time of a vertical takeoff and landing drone. Their HQ-60 flew for 22 hours, 29 minutes, and 38 seconds and covered over 1,000 miles. (Unmanned Systems Technology)
Chinese drone maker DJI unveiled the Mavic Pro, which is a compact foldable consumer drone. (Engadget)
DJI has also unveiled new FPV goggles. (TechCrunch)
Colombian airline Avianca is developing an autonomous drone that will inspect aircraft that have suffered lightning or bird strikes. (FlightGlobal)
Chinese drone maker PowerVision unveiled the PowerEye, a professional aerial cinematography drone. (Press Release)
In the Robot Skies, a sci-fi movie filmed entirely by drones, will premiere at the London Film Festival next month. (Engadget)
An anti-poaching initiative supported by Google and the World Wildlife Fund is set to begin drone operations in Zimbabwe and Malawi. (Stuff)
The British Horseracing Authority has approved the use of drones to film horse racing events. (Racing Post)
The New York Times visited the area in the U.K. where Amazon is testing its drone delivery service.
The German Lifeguard Association and drone maker Microdrones conducted a demonstration of a rescue drone that drops a flotation device into the water for swimmers who are in trouble. (Popular Science)