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Inside Drones (Nov 20th, 2018)

1. A drone delivery service could expand Australia's retail sales by $40 million by 2030, according to a new Project Wing-commissioned study. Project Wing, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has been testing out drone deliveries in Australia for over a year. An estimated $10 million to $15 million of the projected sales would benefit small businesses, according to the economic impact study by AlphaBeta. In addition, delivery costs could be slashed by an estimated $12 million each year by 2030. - RIOTACT

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2. Drone DJ published a short video highlighting the drone show at this year's Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. One hundred of Intel's Shooting Star drones are involved in the show and were choreographed to look like Christmas lights. The mini drones are featured in a new finale, dubbed "Christmas Lights," that's a part of the Christmas Spectacular performances going on through Jan.1. They can create different images and animations that interact with digital projections during the show in New York City. - DRONEDJ

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3. A Virginia man was arrested for accidentally flying his drone into the Barclays headquarters in New York City. Steven Funes, 27, had launched his drone from the 21st floor of New York's Executive Plaza Hotel when an apparent wind gust caused it to fly onto a balcony at the Barclays building. No one was injured. Funes was arrested for violating a city ordinance that bars people from flying aircraft that aren't considered safety equipment. Drones are off limits in most of New York City. - GOTHAMIST

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4. Drone footage helped police arrest a man who was growing cannabis in Lincolnshire, England. Inspector Ed Delderfield said police received a tip that Mark Lovell, 54, was illegally growing cannabis inside a bungalow in the British county. "Our intelligence officers spoke with our drone operators and asked if our drone's thermal imaging could help - we agreed this could work," Delderfield said. The drone evidence, which included thermal images of the bungalow, was used prosecute Lovell. He was later sentenced to three years in prison. - DEVONLIVE

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5. Drones have become an "invaluable tool" for volunteers of Scotland's Lochaber Mountain Rescue, according to team member Mike Smith. The rescue team, which locate missing people on Scotland’s Ben Nevis, has two Mavic drones.

6. Police will use drones to monitor this year's Eid Miladun Nabi processions in Islamabad, Pakistan.

7. A drone entrepreneur was ordered to leave Sweden after he was denied a work visa. Ahmed Alnomany founded the mining drone company Inkonova, which recently raised 3.1 million kronor from the Japanese Terra Drone company.

8. A dirt biker suffered a shoulder injury after he collided with a GoPro Karma drone in midair. A video of the incident can be found here.

9. Live Design published an interview with the CEO of Verity Studios about its use of drones during Drake's 2018 Aubrey and the Three Migos Tour.

10. San Diego has launched a survey that asks residents about their views on drones. The drone-related topics include food deliveries, medical transportation, and public safety assistance.

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Written and curated by Beth Duckett in California. Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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