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Inside Drones (Jan 8th, 2019)

1. Authorities have new power to combat drones in the UK. The government has announced a series of measures, including giving police the power to land, seize and search drones. The U.K.’s Home Office will also be evaluating the use of counter-drone technology at airports and prisons. In addition, the exclusion zone for flying drones will be extended by a three-mile radius. This comes after repeated drone sightings at London’s Gatwick airport, which delayed up to 1,000 flights in December. Another drone sighting today delayed flights at London's Heathrow airport. — THE GUARDIAN 

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2. The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded State Farm with the first national waiver for drone operation. The waiver allows the insurance company to operate drones over people and allows it to fly beyond the pilot’s line of sight through 2022. State Farm had been awarded waivers in the past, but were limited to short time frames and specific geographical areas and situations. Now, State Farm will be able to evaluate damage claims throughout the United States. — LAW.COM 

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3. Bell Helicopter Textron unveiled a design for a eVTOL that would be used by Uber Elevate. The company is a partner in Uber’s project to offer rides in a full vertical-takeoff-and-landing air taxi vehicle. Uber has plans to offer aerial rides in the Dallas-Forth Worth and Los Angeles areas within four years, with goals to also operate in one international market. The vehicle is known as the Bell Nexus, which will use hybrid-electric propulsion, and operate much like a giant drone. — CNBC

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4. Canada is on the verge of announcing new rules for drones. The country’s minister of transport, Marc Garneau, will announce new rules for drones tomorrow at the École de Technologie Supérieure in Montreal. Previous reports said that Transport Canada has seen a spike the number of drone-related incidents posing a risk to aviation safety in recent years. Some suggest that the agency will mandate a written test for drone pilots, device registration and affix government-issued registration marks on the aircraft. — CANADA.CA  

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5. DJI has introduced a smart remote controller, with a built in display. The unveiling was made at the Consumer Electronics Show and would allow drone operation without a mobile device. — DRONEDJ

6. Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has launched smart delivery stations for drones. This would allow for more drone-powered deliveries within China. — TECHREPUBLIC

7. CleanTechnica profiles DroneSeed. The company uses drones in post-fire environments to combat the spread of wildfires and keeps affected areas healthy.CLEAN TECHNICA

8. Boom Supersonic closed a $100 million round for funding for its supersonic aircraft project. The aircraft would travel twice the speed of today’s commercial planes, allowing passengers to travel from New York to London in around three hours. — THE POINTS GUY

9. The Fire-Rescue Department’s Bomb Squad in San Diego is adding drones to its set of tools. The company will use two Aeryon SkyRanger drones to check out suspected bomb threats. — GOV TECH

10. Israel-based startup Flytrex has raised $7.5 million. The company will expand drone delivery to North Carolina as a result. — VENTUREBEAT

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This newsletter was written and curated by Johan Moreno. Johan is based out of Los Angeles, CA and has covered technology and automotive extensively for a variety of publications, including The Orange County Register. Follow him on Twitter @dudejohan

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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