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From: Savant10/2/2017 12:46:34 AM
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SOAR Dragon drone
The SOAR Dragon is another one of China’s newest drones coming off the line. It is specifically developed to do high altitude reconnaissance and surveillance. The drone has a service ceiling of 59,000 feet, and is able to fly for 10 hours without refueling. The range of the plane is approximately 4,300 miles, putting much of east Asia within this airplane’s reach.


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From: Savant10/2/2017 1:02:45 AM
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Pterodactyl UAV (CH-5)
This drone is a Chinese copy of the US Air Force Reaper drone. Unveiled at an airshow in the Chinese city of Zhuhai in 2016, the Chinese Air Force claims that the plane can fly for two days without refuelling, and has a range of over 15,000 miles – enough to fly from Beijing to Chicago and back. The drone also allegedly able to carry a range of smart bombs as well as jam all sorts of radar defense systems.


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To: Savant who wrote (1451)10/2/2017 1:05:17 AM
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Norinco Battle Robot
This is a Chinese combat robot, able to take on any terrain both natural and urban. It is tracked, enabling the robot to climb over both rocks as well as stairs with ease. Its primary armament is a 12 gauge shotgun, but it can be outfitted with a machine gun, grenade launcher, or even robotic arms which can be used to dismantle a bomb. Used as a forward weapon, it is able to go into buildings and look for booby traps instead of people.


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To: Savant who wrote (1445)10/2/2017 9:27:32 PM
From: Glenn Petersen
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Lots of ways to wreck havoc. A domestic terrorist incident involving a drone would be a real setback for the commercial drone industry. Regulators would overreact.

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From: Savant10/3/2017 11:57:46 AM
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Kalashnikov created a working hoverbike

Article mentions several others
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To: Savant who wrote (1454)10/3/2017 1:58:44 PM
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Video of Kalashnikov hoverbike flying from PM

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From: Glenn Petersen10/4/2017 6:06:13 AM
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Waymo to launch ride-sharing service — if it can get the cars to turn left

By Gina Hall – Contributor
Silicon Valley Business Journal
Oct 3, 2017, 2:00pm PDT
Updated Oct 3, 2017, 2:08pm PDT



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Alphabet’s Waymo plans to launch a ride-sharing service with autonomous vehicles if it can patch one major flaw: its self-driving vans have difficulty making left turns.

Waymo wants to launch the first commercial ride-sharing service with no human “safety” drivers as soon as this fall, according to The Information. But there are still a few glitches to work out — one of the major software issues leaves the autonomous Chrysler vans struggling when there are no green arrows for turning left.

During the past the year and a half, Waymo’s self-driving cars have occasionally been forced to stop making left turns because the software wasn’t safe enough, a person close to Waymo’s operations told The Information. The company is currently transporting passengers in a public test in the suburbs of Phoenix.

"At the corner of South Longmore Street and West Southern Avenue in Mesa, Arizona, there's a flashing yellow arrow that permits cars to turn left," Waymo wrote in a recent blog post. "Navigating this type of intersection can be tricky for humans and self-driving cars alike — drivers must carefully move into a five-lane intersection and then find a gap in oncoming traffic. Turning left too soon may cause a driving hazard for oncoming traffic; making the move too late may mean frustrated drivers behind."

In addition, the vehicles occasionally have difficulty with other driving challenges, such as cul-de-sacs. Mall entrances, which are often times off a public street, also present problems when Waymo’s sensors haven’t mapped the area, per The Information report.

How quickly the company plans to patch the problems remains to be seen, but some internal discord could also become an issue for the company as it moves toward launch. Dmitri Dolgov, who heads up software programming for Waymo, has been privately critical of Waymo CEO John Krafcik, per three people who have spoken to The Information about his comments. Dolgov reportedly said that Krafcik’s lack of technical knowledge about self-driving systems will affect major decisions surrounding the commercial service launch.

The company hopes to be the first major tech company to successfully engineer a self-driving car without a driver sitting behind the wheel. Waymo is thought to be out ahead of traditional car makers, in addition to Uber Technologies and Lyft, in testing the technology.

Waymo is one of 40 companies that have DMV permits to test self-driving cars on California roads. Tesla Inc., Samsung, Ford Motor Co., Nvidia Corp., Uber and Lyft are among the others.As competition waits to see how Waymo will handle the challenges, the Mountain View-based company is working to avoid any negative publicity that might come along with any serious collisions. In January, the company removed monthly reports regarding traffic accidents on public roads with the self-driving vehicles, per Business Insider.

But the cars have put in the miles and the company hopes to hit the roads with customers soon. Waymo said its cars have driven more than three million miles on public streets and have driven billions of miles within simulation software, per The Information.

Last month, Santa Clara-based chipmaker Intel Corp. revealed that it's been working with Waymo since 2009.

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From: Glenn Petersen10/4/2017 7:22:30 AM
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From: kidl10/5/2017 10:21:21 AM
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Boeing Buying Drone Maker Aurora Flight Services

The proposed deal expands the aerospace giant’s reach in the field of electric-powered aircraft



Oct. 5, 2017 8:59 a.m. ET

Boeing Co. BA 0.12% on Thursday said it plans to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences Corp., a maker of aerial drones and pilotless flying systems that also expands the company’s reach in the new field of electric-powered aircraft.

Virginia-based Aurora is a specialist in autonomous systems that allow military and commercial aircraft to be flown remotely, including technology that automates many functions.

The proposed deal marks Boeing’s second acquisition in less than a year involving autonomous systems following last December’s purchase of Liquid Robotics Inc., a maker of ships and undersea vehicles, and adds to a portfolio that includes aerial drone maker Insitu.

Boeing’s venture capital arm also this year invested in Zunum Aero, a Washington state-based startup that on Thursday unveiled its plan for an electric-hybrid regional passenger jet.

Terms for the proposed purchase of Aurora weren’t disclosed. The firm has more than 550 staff and will be run as an independent unit in Boeing’s engineering and technology business.

Aurora also produces composite parts for aircraft and other vehicles. Boeing is looking to produce more of its own parts as part of an insourcing strategy to reduce costs and potential disruption in its supply chain.

Boeing has been considering further acquisitions as part of the push to expand sales at its newly formed services arm to $50 billion over the next several years from around $14 billion at present.

wsj.com

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From: kidl10/5/2017 10:44:54 AM
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LOOK MA, NO HANDS
US Senate bill tells humans to take a back seat: Self-driving cars don’t need steering wheels

qz.com

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