The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) kicked off with press previews January 11-12th at the Cobo Center in Detroit. The show is still open to the public until January 24th, offering ticket-holders the opportunity to see up-close the vehicles and technologies that shape the future automotive landscape, from high-performance supercars to full-size trucks.
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A big announcement occurred during a press conference on Monday about the future of drone regulation in the US. US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx revealed the decision that all drones, whether commercial or recreational, will need to be registered with the government, logistics forthcoming.
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“To help wean the world off fossil fuels,” Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive officer, introduced the company’s latest suite of batteries for homes and businesses at its design studio in LA last night. The suite, called Tesla Energy, includes a wall-mounted battery for homes called the Powerwall and a battery for businesses called the Powerpack.
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Today, the web enters “Mobilegeddon” as Google rolls out its mobile-friendly update. Are you prepared?
Earlier this year, Google announced that it would change its search algorithms on April 21 to accommodate the growing number of mobile users accessing the Internet by boosting the ranking of mobile-friendly pages in mobile search results. With mobile making up more than half of all Google searches, this new update could negatively affect more than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies.
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On March 26, Twitter introduced Periscope, a new app that lets you share and experience live video streams from your mobile phone.
Periscope lets the broadcasters of a video stream share an experience with others through their eyes. In turn, Periscope lets viewers step into someone else’s shoes and experience what they see, hear, and feel. In addition to everyday people, businesses could (and probably will) use Periscope to broadcast an event or new product or provide a behind the scenes look into their everyday business.
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On March 19, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to Amazon, allowing the company to test its delivery drones outdoors in the United States. Unfortunately, due to the slow pace of the FAA’s decision-making, the prototype for which Amazon originally filed is already obsolete and the company has been testing overseas during the wait. Although this is a small step in the right direction for Amazon’s dream of autonomous drone delivery, it may still be years until we see Amazon delivering packages via air, at least in the U.S.
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its long-awaited, and somewhat-vague, list of proposed rules for how small drones for commercial use will share the skies in the National Airspace System on Feb. 15. The proposal is open for public comment for 60 days which could prolong the final rule making.
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Around 3 a.m. last monday Monday, a small, recreational unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – or drone – crashed on the grounds of the White House, turning our attention to concerns of safety and privacy on a much larger scale.
In an interview the day after the crash, President Barack Obama used the incident to call for immediate action, reemphasizing the importance and need for drone regulations to ensure “these things aren’t dangerous and that they’re not violating people’s privacy.”
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