Amazon is serious about transitioning the idea of thirty minute Prime Air deliveries from concept to reality

Six Things You Should Know About Amazon’s Drones

Amazon has asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for an exemption from rules prohibiting the use of drones for commercial purposes.  With this request, the company has signaled that they are serious about transitioning the idea of thirty minute Prime Air deliveries from concept to reality.

Current FAA rules restrict commercial use of drones, and Amazon is seeking an exemption from those rules so the company can conduct additional research and development of their Prime Air concept.  The company claims to have made rapid developments in its Prime Air program by testing their drones inside their research and development lab in Seattle. Now, the shopping giant wants the ability to safely innovate and to do, in their words “what thousands of hobbyists and manufacturers of model aircraft do every day.”


Here are six things you need to know about Amazon’s request to fly drones:

  1. If the FAA grants Amazon an exemption, it does not mean Amazon drones will be flying down your street.
  2. Amazon claims their drone technology has advanced significantly in just five months
  3. Amazon wants to innovate and knows that it can’t under the FAA’s burdensome regulatory regime.
  4. Amazon plans to self-regulate, with procedures that exceed current FAA rules for model aircraft.
  5. Amazon plans to use technology to keep their operations safe.
  6. If the FAA doesn’t grant Amazon’s request, the company will move their drone research operations outside of the U.S.

Source : Greg S. Mc Neal, Forbes


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NAVIA by Induct – The 100% electric automated transport

A self-driving shuttle at the service of urban mobility

A self-driving shuttle at the service of urban mobility

Navia is an innovative mobility solution: a robotic driverless electric vehicle carrying up to eight passengers.

Navia is the ideal companion for those environments that need a simple, safe and environment-friendly mobility solution: pedestrianized city centers, large industrial sites, airports, theme parks, university campuses or hospital complexes. Navia can navigate independently because it knows where it is, using onboard technologies that let it locate itself within its surroundings, map out a route, detect obstacles and move around combining all these data. When Navia is first commissioned at a given site it’s given an introductory trip on which it logs the route or routes it is to use: this first drive serves to establish an accurate map of the site. on every trip after that, Navia compares its current travel with that map, in real time; this makes it independent and lets it adapt to its surroundings with ease.

Navia uses two different technologies for location:

GPS technologies and sensors that detect the vehicle’s acceleration (accelerometers) and its rotation (gyroscopes) around all three axes (to and fro, side to side, up and down), enabling it to instantly calculate its position, route and distance traveled since the last known position.

Four laser-based LIDAR units (LIght Detection And Ranging) with a 200yd range sweep the area ahead and provide a precise reading of the space around it, accurate to one centimeter. from these data the system generates a map of the immediate surroundings which it uses to steer the vehicle’s course. obstacles are detected by combining the LIDAr information with a system of optical cameras that give stereo vision in the same way as a person’s two eyes.

The slight difference in the two cameras’ viewpoints allows depth mapping and 3D perception of the scene under observation. This technology has been developed entirely by Induct, and is known as “SLAM MOT” (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping & Multi Object Tracking). Navia analyses all this information – location, route, and obstacles – in real time, enabling it to carry its passengers in complete safety and take them where they want to go without fuss.



Source: Induct

VisLab’s driverless car – BRAiVE

BRAiVE prototype moving driverless thanks to the use of VisLab’s intelligent solutions.

VisLab is one of the first laboratories to invest on vision technologies on board of vehicles and its efforts are still contributing to shape the history of vehicular robotics.

The application of vision systems on board of vehicles not only requires to fully dominate the latest vision technologies, but also have a deep knowledge of the key issues of this environment, such as calibration, illumination, noise, temperature, power consumption, as well as cost and installation requirements.


During the past 20+ years, VisLab developed a number of vehicle prototypes integrating different functions, from ADAS to fully automated driving. In particular, the perception layer has attracted a lot of interest, together with the navigation layer.  Vehicle detection, obstacle detection, pedestrian detection, lane detection, traffic sign recognition, and terrain mapping are only some examples of the capabilities which have been embedded on VisLab’s prototypes.

This video shows BRAiVE moving driverless thanks to the use of VisLab’s intelligent solutions.