Geofencing and the ongoing effort to protect us from stupidity

Tesla uses geofencing to adjust the car’s suspension to suit driving conditions. Square uses geofencing to simplify use of their digital wallet. Via GPS technology, clever use of knowledge of time and place can add a touch of magic to the products and services we use. Conversely

3D Robotics limits exports in an ‘abundance of caution’

3D Robotics, a drone manufacturing company based in California and Mexico, is sending emails to its international customers that they won’t be fulfilling orders outside of the US and Canada. Vu Tran, Director of Support, posted to a thread in the 3D Robotics forum on Tuesday: &#

Fly drones in the US: Add a GoPro but don’t go pro

Bloomberg published an excellent overview of the state of drone regulation in the US. The article provides a good sense of the pressure that exists on one side to restrict the use of civilian drones and the other side’s arguments for easing regulation. As the regulation is curre

Drones in Davos

In three days, the political leaders of the world, top executives and thought leaders will convene in Davos for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. The front page of the WEF website features an aerial photo of the Swiss mountain town of Davos. The angle of the photo and th

In the US, the FAA announces six drone test sites

Today, the FAA announced six test sites for unmanned aircraft systems: University of Alaska State of Nevada New York’s Griffiss International Airport North Dakota Department of Commerce Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Vir

Is the US behind on airspace regulation for drones?

In May 2000 the US government switched off encryption (known as selective availability) of signals from GPS satellites. The move spawned increased civilian use of GPS and an accelerated market for GPS enabled devices, with the associated jobs and revenues. Are we approaching a similar