Weekend Roundup

By AUVSI News posted 21-04-2017 11:26


This Week in the Unmanned Systems and Robotics World 360 Designs has released its Flying EYE UAS, which is a virtual reality (VR), live-streaming UAS that is based on the DJI Matrice 600 series of UAS. The Flying EYE is capable of broadcasting a live VR stream to various platforms such as YouTube, Facebook or VR headsets, thanks to Breeze, which is 360 Designs’ custom wireless transmission system. The UAS is also suited for 360-degree video, and also has applications for traditional TV broadcasting. (Unmanned Aerial)

The cities of Sacramento and Portland are each interested in bringing driverless vehicles to their respective cities. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Rep. Doris Matsui recently held an invitation only meeting with several manufacturers, entrepreneurs, regulators and business community members, to express their desire to offer the Sacramento streets as a proving ground for driverless vehicle technology. In Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler and Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman have asked Portland’s Bureau of Transportation to develop a set of rules (within 60 days) for the testing and deployment of driverless vehicles. The city also has plans to work with autonomous vehicle companies to see how these vehicles can help with the city’s desire to reduce carbon emissions, while also addressing the needs of residents. (Sacramento Bee and Geekwire)

The city of Bowling Green in Ohio will begin using UAS to help assist with engineering projects. The staff of Geographic Information System will use a DJI Phantom 4 Pro UAS for projects involving tasks such as waterline replacements and road repaving. The UAS will be used only over the public right-of-way, with images taken straight down. Private property will not be flown over or mapped. (Sentinel-Tribune)

The Dyfed-Powys Police in Wales will start using a UAS from the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) to help with aerial policing. Since October 2015, the MAWWFRS has used UAS to help with tasks such as searching for missing people, house and wildfires, and chemical incidents. According to Police Sergeant Chris Neve, it is important for emergency services to “work together and work smarter” for the best interest of the public, especially since there have been budget cuts in recent years. (Western Telegraph)

As a part of its emergency response services, which can include the rapid mapping of oil spills and pipeline inspections for large surveys, Trumbull Unmanned will begin using SimActive Inc.’s Correlator3D, which is powered by GPU technology and multi-core CPUs. The Correlator3D, which is an “end-to-end photogrammetry solution for the generation of high-quality geospatial data from satellite and aerial imagery, including UAVs,” performs aerial triangulation (AT), and produces point clouds, digital terrain models (DTM), and digital surface models (DSM). (SimActive)

Georgia Tech won the first ever Collegiate Drone Racing National Championship, and in the process, picked up more than $15,000 worth of equipment and prizes. Georgia Tech beat out 26 other universities, and in total, 48 pilots competed using their homemade UAS. The University of California, Berkeley came in second place, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona came in third place. Purdue University, which hosted the event, came in fourth place. (Purdue University News)

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