Weekend Roundup



This Week in the Unmanned Systems and Robotics World

PropelUAS has announced that it is working with Lockheed Martin and Medical Express Ambulance Service (MedEx) to “combine the very best elements of emergency management systems with the potential of tactical UAS.” PropelUAS, which is a division of Evans Incorporated, works with organizations “to assist in navigating and integrating UAS technologies into their organizations.” (PropelUAS)

The city of Louisville, Kentucky recently submitted an application to the FAA’s UAS integration pilot program. If its application is approved, Louisville would become the first city in the United States to send automated UAS equipped with cameras to gunshot sites, which would provide officers with a live assessment of what's going on at the scene. (CNET)

Pony.ai recently began operating its autonomous cars in Nansha, Guangzhou, China. According to Pony.ai, this is the first time that a self-driving car company “has made the service available to members of the general public in China.” (Pony.ai)

EHANG has unveiled footage of the latest test flights of its Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV). Among the approximate 40 passengers that participated in this testing phase of the EHANG 184 AAV were Guangzhou Deputy Mayor Wang Dong, and EHANG founder and CEO, Huazhi Hu. (EHANG)

Delair has introduced the next generation of its high-performance Delair DT26X LiDAR UAV. Delair says that the UAV is the industry’s first long-range fixed wing UAV to combine “highly accurate Light Distance and Ranging (LiDAR) sensing capabilities with an integrated high resolution RGB (red, green, blue) camera.” This combination significantly increases the precision, efficiency and cost effectiveness of surveying and 3D mapping. (Delair)

Hyundai has announced that a fleet of its next generation fuel cell electric cars successfully completed a self-driven, 190-kilometer journey from Seoul, South Korea to Pyeongchang, South Korea. Hyundai says that this is the “first time in the world that level 4 autonomous driving has been achieved with fuel cell electric cars.” (Hyundai)

Black Swift Technologies (BST) and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA/JPL) successfully collaborated to capture airborne carbon dioxide (CO2) measurements using a UAS that flew over the forest canopy near an active volcano. NASA/JPL is hopeful that by measuring and monitoring the prevalence of volcanic gases like CO2 emitted from the vents and fractures of active volcanoes, it will have a better understanding of how volcanoes work and their consequences, and ultimately, improve volcano eruption planning and warning capabilities. (Black Swift Technologies)

CybAero has signed a collaboration agreement with Missing People Sweden, which will allow Missing People to use CybAero's remote controlled UAS to find missing people. Missing People Sweden is a nonprofit organization that helps families and police arrange search efforts and publish notifications for missing people. (CybAero)

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