Weekend Roundup: October 16, 2020

This Week in the Unmanned Systems and Robotics World

As part of an automated transportation trial in spring 2021, the latest version of Local Motors’ Olli driverless shuttles will begin operating in the city of Toronto next year. Expected to last six to 12 months, the test run will measure how well the autonomous vehicles will bolster Toronto’s mass transit system. (Engadget)

Textron Systems Corporation and Shield AI have announced that they are collaborating in support of advanced, multi-domain autonomy for a variety of military applications. The companies are cooperating on proof-of-concept work to equip Textron Systems’ air, land and sea unmanned systems with Shield AI technology. (Textron Systems)

Drone service provider Fortress UAV has announced a new series of services designed for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), enterprises and public safety agencies. The new services include UAS logistics, field services, and technical support. (Fortress UAV)

On Thursday, Oct. 8, the Central Colorado UAS Club broke ground on the Buena Vista Drone Flying Park. Professional and amateur pilots will be able to use the space to fly their drones safely and legally. (Ark Valley Voice)

For extra help during forensic crash investigations, the police in Queensland, Australia are now equipping officers’ motorbikes with DJI Phantom drones, members of the force shared during Xponential 2020. The Queensland Police force uses DJI Phantom 4 RTK drones paired with Pix4D to map out vehicle crashes. (DroneDJ)

Last week, a crew from Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue used a drone to collect important imagery during a small fire at an oil well site. It was the first flight for the drone and its pilot. (CBS Denver)

Einride has unveiled a new vehicle type called Autonomous Electric Transport (AET). The vehicles, which Einride hopes to have on the road delivering freight starting next year, come in four different variations, and do not include steering wheels, pedals, windshields, and, in general, a cab. (The Verge)