The Los Angeles Police Department approved a test program to deploy drones alongside its officers on Tuesday, with the Police Commission voting 3-1 to roll out a year-long "small Unmanned Aerial System" program.
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It's understandable that UAV enthusiasts might be tempted to grab amazing footage of ongoing disasters like the northern California wildfires -- providing a unique perspective of a climate change-fuelled catastrophe which has now killed at least 41 people, burned down thousands of buildings and laid waste to hundreds of thousands of acres of land.
If you're in Radelaide this weekend and have the urge to hit up a technology festival filled with projects, panels and inspiration for everything from biotech to eSports, you're in luck.
At Hybrid World Adelaide you'll get hands on with retro gaming, robotics, AI and yes - drones. But there's so much more to the event than there seems.
Even a basic drone is a complicated piece of technology and machinery. A racing drone is even more high-tech, with lightweight components and custom-built parts inside. Here's what goes into the drones currently racing at the Red Bull Dr.One championships in Spielberg, Austria.
Legged robots and flying drones are neat, but let's not forget the faithful, wheeled rover that, much like Mulga Bill's horse, has served us many days. Sure, there's not much demand for your own, personal mini-rover, but if the Turtle Rover Kickstarter is anything to go by, there's more than enough interest. $100,000 worth, in fact.
The FAA fun police have struck again. The agency has already put restrictions on flying drones over and around national parks, military bases, and airports. Now it has announced it's restricting drone flights near Department of Interior sites, including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the Hoover Dam.
Earlier today, it was reported that the Australian Defence Force grounded its fleet of DJI drones -- after the US Army did the same thing last month -- on security fears. Around 40 drones were taken out of active service in early August on concerns of "user vulnerabilities", and were out of action for a fortnight while an investigation took place. The popular drone manufacturer has released a statement saying that it makes drones for peaceful purposes, not military customers, and that the company has "no way of knowing who they are or what they do with them".
Suddenly, drones. In the last couple of years, that's exactly what it feels like. One day, no drones, the next day, your mate has a tiny one that can fly for four minutes indoors for the express purpose of tormenting cats and toddlers. So, yes, it's become a bit more important to conduct research on the damage a drone can do if it hits you in the head, something more likely to occur as the space around your face becomes increasingly more cluttered with autonomous, floating gadgets.
Video: It looks like drone pilot and videographer Alban Roinard somehow managed to fly his quadcopter into the dream worlds of Christopher Nolan's Inception. But watching these European cities fold onto themselves isn't the result of a million dollars-worth of special effects; it's just simple mirroring tricks applied to captivating aerial footage.
We've all seen plenty of heartbreaking images from Texas this weekend, as vicious floods continue to destroy lives and property in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. But some of the most chilling footage has been taken from the sky, as hobby drones in the region document the devastation that's still taking place.
Video: In the United States, it's illegal to interfere with any aircraft soaring over your property. So if your neighbour's drone is caught spying on you, you can't just shoot it out of the air. But apparently the laws are different in Sweden, where you can take down drones using impossibly dangerous weapons; such as a rocket-propelled katana sword.
President Trump's proposed wall along the US-Mexico border is stupid for many reasons. But one of the most obvious reasons is that it's really easy to get over the wall using modern technology. That's precisely what an American man did recently when he tried to smuggle 6kg of meth from Mexico using a hobby drone.