5. The New York City Police Department chief responded to concerns about the agency's use of 14 drones in search and rescue and other operations. "It's definitely not going to be used for routine patrol. It's definitely not going to be used for traffic. It is never — and I say never, ever — going to be weaponized, so you're never going to hear of tear gas or anything else being on a drone," NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said this week.
6. Drones will conduct maintenance work at a research center in Dübendorf, Switzerland. The drones will autonomously roam the Next Evolution in Sustainable Building Technologies (NEST) Aerial Robotics Hub, which will be located at the NEST research building of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology.
7. Sunflower Labs CEO Alex Pachikov recently showed off the company's drone security system at his home in California.
8. Reno, Nevada is seeking feedback about the use of drones in the city. Reno partnered with the drone startup Flirtey to conduct a drone test earlier this year, which was part of the federal government's unmanned aerial pilot program.
9. Inmates at Canada's Stony Mountain Institution are using drones to receive deliveries of contraband, which is placing prison staff at risk, according to the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers. "The technologies are so accurate that in some cases they can have them go right up to a window and drop a package in a specific person's hands," said James Bloomfield, the union's prairie regional president.
10. A drone guard system successfully stopped several suspicious UAVs from flying close to the G20 global leaders’ summit in Argentina last week.