Inside Drones - July 20th, 2018

Inside Drones (Jul 20th, 2018)

Drone SIM cards / Intel drone record / SKEYE Nano 2

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A new report predicts that more than 13 per cent of drones will support embedded SIM cards and advanced cellular connectivity by 2022. The advances could allay concerns involving drone privacy, security and safety, a researcher said. Operators are working with U.S. and European aviation authorities to leverage LTE connectivity and make drones more visible to air-traffic control in the future. - BGR

Intel set a new Guinness World Record for flying the most drones simultaneously. The company deployed 2,018 drones over Folsom, California, earlier this month for a show celebrating its 50th anniversary. The prior record of 1,374 drones was set in April by China's Xi'an City Wall, which used EHang-manufactured drones. Intel has featured its Shooting Star drones in more than 300 shows, including last year's 2017 Super Bowl and this year's Winter Olympics. - CNBC

India's government is close to finalizing new drone regulations and an online system for people to register their UAVs. India Today reported that the Civil Aviation Ministry (CAM) could unveil the new framework starting this fall. The CAM established rules for recreational drones late last year; one of the requirements is for every drone weighing more than 0.55 pounds to have a special ID number. An online registration system, along with the ability to grant permission to fly, will be available starting in October, the Civil Aviation Secretary said. - THE DRIVE

The world's smallest camera drone is on sale for $29. The SKEYE Nano 2 Camera Drone, a palm-sized quadcopter, normally retails for $59. It is equipped with a WiFi controlled HD camera that can be controlled by a smartphone or tablet, and also comes with a 2GB micro SD card and four replacement rotor blades. According to Engadget, the drone is capable of acrobatic stunts and flying into tight spaces. - ENGADGET

Europe-based Team Elefun won this week's California Drone Speed Challenge Level 2 in Sacramento. Thursday's competition drew eight teams who competed for a $25,000 grand prize. The event was put on by Comcast Xfinity and the Aerial Sports League, an international drone sports community from San Francisco. - SACBEE

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