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Rescuers Resume Search at Collapsed Building Site in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP)–South Korean rescuers on Wednesday resumed their search for six missing construction workers believed to be trapped at a collapsed construction site in the southern city of Gwangju. About 10 vehicles were destroyed and dozens of nearby …

Farmers to Deploy ‘Spot,’ a 4-Legged Robot, for Property Inspections

The newest member of Farmers Insurance Group’s catastrophe response team is a four-legged robot that vaguely resembles a headless greyhound. Farmers announced that it purchased a remote-controlled robot dubbed “Spot” from Boston Dynamics and expects delivery this fall, after the …

Phase One of Autonomous Corridor Project Begins in Md. City

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — Drones, robots and self-driving cars were buzzing through downtown Westminster on Thursday for the ribbon-cutting of the first phase of MAGIC’s autonomous corridor project. MAGIC, which stands for Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, is a technology nonprofit …

Updated FAA Rules May Expand Insurer Use of Drones to Survey Damage

New Federal Aviation Administration rules are expected to clear the way for expanded commercial use of drones, which are increasingly being used by insurers to assess property damage. The updated Operations Over People rules, which took effect on April 21, …

Drone Operators Challenge Surveyors’ Turf in Mapping Dispute

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When Michael Jones started a side hustle shooting drone photos and videos for realtors, his clients wanted more: Images with property lines on them, to better understand where their fences should be. It seemed like a …

Drone-Crowded Skies Get One Step Closer With U.S. Security Rules

Commercial drone use for deliveries and services is set to clear a major hurdle in the U.S. as soon as this week with new requirements that most of the devices transmit a radio beacon with a digital license plate to …

Spain: 3 Dead in Inferno Of Building Occupied by Squatters

BADALONA, Spain (AP) — Firefighters in northeastern Spain found three bodies in an abandoned industrial complex occupied by migrants and other squatters that caught fire and partially collapsed, while ongoing emergency work assisted by sniffer dogs and drones on Thursday …

Drones to the Rescue: Berlin Lab Seeks Quicker Virus Tests

BERLIN — A German lab is hoping to cut the time it takes to send coronavirus tests across Berlin by using drones, thereby avoiding the capital’s clogged roads. California-based company Matternet is currently testing drone deliveries between a hospital and …

Drones Help Insurance Companies Check Damage in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Insurance adjusters who descended on Cedar Rapids after the Aug. 10 derecho storm are using drones to check roofs and asking homeowners with less severe damage to take their own photos. Some of this is due …

Amazon’s Drone Delivery Fleet Hits Milestone With FAA Clearance

Retail behemoth Amazon.com Inc. took a big leap toward delivering goods from the sky by becoming one of only a handful of companies certified by the U.S. government to operate as a drone airline. The Federal Aviation Administration designated Amazon …