Verity Studios Launches Software Algorithm to Make Drones Dramatically Safer

Verity Studios AG, a pioneer in autonomous drones, has launched an integration program for their Failsafe technology for quadcopters. The patented Failsafe solution provides powerful and cost-effective safety enhancements to any consumer and commercial quadcopter drone platform. This program allows drone manufacturers to easily implement the Failsafe algorithm into their drones as a standalone or complementary safety solution to guard against the most common cause of system-error crashes: propulsion system failures.

The vast majority of consumer and commercial drones in operation today are quadrotors, which have been widely adopted due to their overall efficiency. While many technological innovations have been developed to improve the aircrafts’ operational safety, such as “return to home” features and automatic obstacle avoidance, the majority of technical failures today are caused by a failure in the propulsion system (i.e., the loss of a motor controller, a motor, or a propeller). This is a technological challenge that even the largest companies in the drone industry have not solved. Against conventional engineering analysis, the team at Verity has now proven the ability to safely control and land a quadrotor after a loss of one, or even two, of its propulsion systems with an algorithm-only solution.

Verity’s Failsafe provides the first line of defense against propulsion system failures at little to no cost to the consumer, significantly increasing the safety and reliability of any quadrotor. When a Failsafe-enabled drone has a propulsion system failure, instead of spinning out of control and crashing to the ground, the drone stays in the air, stabilizing itself using sophisticated algorithms. It can then be safely navigated to an appropriate landing location. This type of disaster mitigation has never been achieved or implemented by manufacturers, forcing customers to pay for expensive retrofit systems, like parachutes, in an attempt to make their drones safer.

This is a critical time in the drone industry. In January, the FAA proposed a significant reduction to the constraints of flying drones over people and at night, further confirming a future “sky full of drones” collecting data, delivery goods, and transporting people. Regulators clearly see that today’s drones still present safety challenges, and many commercial manufacturers are looking for advanced solutions to tackle these problems and enable the sustainable growth of this industry. The current state of drone regulation and adoption highlights the dire need for drone manufacturers to leverage all available technologies to ensure the safe operations of their drones; both fully autonomously and at scale.

Verity’s Failsafe algorithm can be implemented into existing quadcopters flying in the air today through a simple firmware update. This code-based solution requires no additional hardware and adds no weight to the system, making it the lowest cost and highest efficiency risk-mitigation feature currently on the market. Led by robotics and AI expert Raffaello D’Andrea and originally developed to fly 2 lb. quadcopters on Broadway, the team at Verity has proven this technology in more than 7,000 flights over people. Verity is now offering its Failsafe algorithm to any drone manufacturer through custom integration. A reference design on PX4 with the Pixhawk autopilot is now available, simplifying the implementation process for drone manufacturers.

Verity’s industry-first technology is the most effective solution for safe and reliable flight without compromising on flight time and payload capacity. Increasing drone safety with Failsafe technology is a critical step in bringing about the future of autonomous drone inspections, drone delivery, air-taxis and the advancement of the overall drone industry.

“With more drones populating our skies every day, we feel a responsibility to make the safety measures we’ve created available to the industry at large. We are excited to see the impact as drone manufacturers adopt this critical safety measure.” Raffaello D’Andrea, CEO and founder of Verity Studios, Co-founder of Amazon Robotics

“I’ve seen enough drones from every major brand fall out of the sky due to a propulsion system failure to know that if we can solve this issue with a simple firmware update, drone manufacturers should be jumping at the opportunity to implement Verity’s Failsafe algorithm.” Colin Guinn, Founder of Guinn Partners, former CEO of DJI North America

“The failsafe technologies developed by Verity’s exceptional team were the main trigger for our investment. We are delighted and determined to support Verity in making this technology widely available.” Matthieu Repellin, Investment Partner, Airbus Ventures.

About Verity

Verity Studios is the global leader in indoor drone systems. Founded in 2014, the company has extensive experience in the creation of spectacular drone shows, providing unique performances for touring productions, resident shows, and one-off events. Verity’s drones have been used by some of the world’s biggest entertainment providers, including Cirque du Soleil and Madison Square Garden, and have performed on stage as part of global tours for major artists including Drake and Metallica. Verity has completed more than 100,000 autonomous flights safely above people, across more than 20 countries worldwide.

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Thales and Telstra join forces to unlock the potential of low-altitude airspace

  • Thales and Telstra combine their expertise with a view to building a robust, safe and secure ecosystem that will enable the management of low altitude airspace for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
  • Thales and Telstra have jointly prototyped a data and communication solution to prepare the way for the integration of manned and unmanned traffic in Australian skies.

The massive increase in commercial UAVs, commonly known as drones, will require a totally new way to manage airspace. Digital technology brings opportunities to manage the complexity of integrating drones in our airspace to enable safe access for their users.

Thales, the global leader in air traffic management and Telstra, Australia’s best mobile network provider, have combined their expertise with a view to building a robust, safe and secure ecosystem to manage low altitude airspace for manned and unmanned vehicles, such as helicopters, drones and autonomous flying taxis.

The ambition is to create a robust digital communications network infrastructure using Telstra’s expertise, to underpin the navigation and surveillance ecosystem needed to safely manage low altitude airspace.

Thales and Telstra’s prototype air traffic control platform, called Low Altitude Airspace Management (LAAM) is capable of integrating manned and unmanned traffic, and will include automated drone flight approvals and dynamic airspace management. This collaboration will foster the development and growth of new products, services and innovations.

Thales is a global leader in air traffic management with systems deployed in over 140 locations globally. Through its ECOsystem digital platform, Thales is developing the most advanced collaborative airspace management tool for commercial UAVs.

With the huge increase in drones in the airspace, flights per day will go from thousands to millions. The challenges are enormous, as are the opportunities. In Australia drone use will drive efficiency and financial benefits to a large proportion of Australian businesses. Thales is partnering with Telstra to contribute to the creation of a seamless sky where we help our customers integrate unmanned aircraft into controlled airspace as well as supporting drone users to perform their missions in an orderly, safe and timely manner.

Chris Jenkins, Chief Executive, Thales Australia

Telstra is playing a strategic role in the development of a future safe and secure drone-based economy through its leadership position in network and data technologies.

There are extraordinary opportunities for the widespread take-up of unmanned aerial vehicles in Australia. To unlock this potential, we are investigating how we can leverage our 4G and 5G technology and IoT capabilities to enable robust communications, navigation and monitoring of UAVs. The work we’ve been doing with Thales to build a prototype, which is underpinned by continuous investment in our networks, proves that it is possible for unmanned and manned aerial vehicles to collaborate effectively and safely.

Andrew Scott, Head of Technology, Telstra Labs


About Thales

The people we all rely on to make the world go round – they rely on Thales. Our customers come to us with big ambitions: to make life better, to keep us safer. Combining a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, our architects design and deliver extraordinary high technology solutions. Solutions that make tomorrow possible, today. From the bottom of the oceans to the depth of space and cyberspace, we help our customers think smarter and act faster – mastering ever greater complexity and every decisive moment along the way. With 65,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €15.8 billion in 2017.

About Telstra

Telstra is a leading telecommunications and information services company. We offer a full range of services and compete in all telecommunications markets in Australia, operating the largest mobile and Wi-Fi networks. Globally, we provide end-to-end solutions including managed network services, global connectivity, cloud, voice, colocation, conferencing and satellite solutions. We have licenses in Asia, Europe and the United States and offer access to more than 2,000 points of presence across the globe. For more information visit www.telstra.com.

Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS UAS Situational Awareness Application provides BVLOS airspace management for Oil & Gas Pipeline Inspection in Africa

Kongsberg Geospatial enables Aerial Robotix to conduct BVLOS Pipeline Inspection demonstration flights in the Niger Delta using Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS)

Ottawa, CA: Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based geospatial visualisation software company, and Aerial Robotix, the leading UAS services provider in Nigeria, announced today that the Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS UAS situational awareness application has been utilized by Aerial Robotix to provide safety critical airspace deconfliction supervised by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to enable conduct of long range BVLOS operations.

Aerial Robotix are experts in drone operations for Oil and Gas Inspection and deliver UAV operations services to major Oil and Gas companies using professional certified UAV operators. The company’s pilots are licensed and insured, and operate in harsh conditions using a variety of platforms ranging from small fixed-wing and quad-copter drones to large gas-powered rotary wing aircraft.

The Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS is an operationally proven capability that requires no prepared area or supporting equipment to enable launch and recovery. It operates by day and by night, under adverse weather conditions, with a beyond line-of-sight capability out to 200 km, over land and sea.

“Safe BVLOS unmanned flight operations require the very best in equipment and technology,” said Kolapo Sodeinde, CEO of Aerial Robotix. “We would not have received regulator approval from the NCAA or the client company to conduct BVLOS inspection flights without the Kongsberg Geospatial airspace deconfliction application.”

“IRIS provides an extremely cost-effective solution to deliver airspace situational awareness and significantly improve flight safety”, said Tudor Moss, CTO at Aerial Robotix.

The Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS display technology enables multiple drones to be monitored simultaneously by a single operator and provides real-time calculation of aircraft separation, airspace monitoring and communications line-of-sight to enable BVLOS operations. IRIS integrates a variety of data feeds including ADS-B and radar to provide “detect and avoid” warnings. IRIS provides real-time 2D and 3D visualization of airborne track and weather data, as well as geo-fencing capabilities.

“We’re very pleased to be working with an experienced UAS services provider like Aerial Robotix”, said Ranald McGillis, President of Kongsberg Geospatial. “Their expertise in Oil and Gas logistics and their ability to manage large-scale projects provides an excellent and very unique use case for our technology.”

To learn more about Kongsberg Geospatial, visit their website at www.kongsberggeospatial.com

FlytBase and Skysense Partner to Bring Fully-Automated, Low-cost Drone-in-a-box Solution to Market

FlytBase, Inc. and Skysense, Inc. have just announced a partnership to bring fully-automated, low-cost drone-in-a-box solution to the market and help customers scale their commercial drone deployments.

As drone operations continue to grow in 2019, businesses are looking for ways to automate and scale their operations to achieve a greater ROI. The industry is moving towards autonomous BVLOS (beyond the visual line of sight) – remote drone operations and exploring the technologies such as drone in a box (drone docking-stations or hangars) and connectivity over 4G/LTE or 5G.

Skysense is a drone charging infrastructure provider leader, supporting autonomous drone programs across different markets, with clients including NASA, GoogleX, General Electric and gov. entities.. Their proven technology and products consist of, the SkysenseDrone Charging Padthat embodies all positive aspects of wired charging and the flexibility of induction systems, and the drone hangar – Skyport, which is designed to recharge and protect drones in harsh environments and remote locations.

FlytBase is a pioneer in intelligent drone automation and connectivity software technology. They provide state-of-the-art drone software solutions by leveraging their Internet of Dronestechnology platform. Businesses worldwide are using FlytBase solutions such as BVLOS remote drone connectivity over the internet and the smart precision landing module to automate & scale their drone fleet operations.

FlytBase precision landing technology enables drones to autonomously and accurately land on the Skysense Charging Pads and Skyports. Skysense infrastructure securely stores the drones and charges them to prepare for the next autonomous BVLOS mission. The connectivity over 4G/LTE/5G enables the remote drone operators to manage and control a fleet of drones and docking stations in real-time from a distance through the cloud. Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) can see the live status of the fleet, analyse real-time video feed from the drone cameras, access device status, battery and charging data, and make use of advanced drone battery features.

Considering the scale and associated cost factor of the drone fleet operations, businesses are keen to use low-cost drones like DJI Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Pro or the new Mavic 2 Enterprise. Keeping this in mind, FlytBase & Skysense have made their technology compatible with these off-the-shelf drones. This significantly reduces the overall upfront cost of the solution for businesses, significantly improves RoI and helps them scale efficiently.

FlytBase & Skysense technologies together are making truly automated BVLOS drone operations a reality.

Andrea Puiatti, CEO, Skysense Inc. commented “We have been patiently waiting for the market to mature while we kept improving our solution with the help of NASA and other clients. We are excited about our collaboration with FlytBase, which enables enterprises and privates to immediately benefit from affordable and scalable autonomous drone installations”.

According to Nitin Gupta, CEO, FlytBase “The partnership with Skysense is allowing us to help our customers scale fully-automated drone deployments for various applications, ranging from remote inspections and security to emergency response and public safety. Automated drone-in-a-box solutions are going to be a key driver for this industry, as we move towards BVLOS flights.”

To learn more about Skysense’s drone-in-a-box solution visit https://www.skysense.co/

To learn more about FlytBase’s automation software solution visit https://flytbase.com/drone-in-a-box

About Skysense:

Skysense, Inc. provides high power drone charging pad and infrastructure. The incorporation of Skysense’s charging infrastructure offers unique abilities to maintain a ready-fleet of drones and incorporate truly autonomous missions to meet your business and mission needs. Skysense Charging Infrastructure is safe, reliable and has been specifically designed to support autonomous drone operations beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). Skysense, Inc. is incorporated in Delaware and initially funded by Qualcomm Ventures, Techstars and angel investors. Skysense Inc. has one fully owned subsidiary in Italy, Skysense Italia S.r.l.

For more information visit https://www.skysense.co/ or contact [email protected]

About FlytBase:



FlytBase is building world’s first Internet of Drones (IoD) technology and offers software solutions for easy deployment and scaling of intelligent automated drones, connected with cloud-based business applications. FlytBase is compatible with all major drones and hardware platforms. Built-in enterprise-grade security, reliability, and various deployment options make FlytBase a platform of choice for various commercial drone applications.

Learn more at https://flytbase.com or by contacting [email protected].

NWUAV’s NW-44 Engine achieves 10,000 combat flight hours and 1000 operational flights

Just over a year ago Northwest UAV announced that the NW-44 Multi-Fuel Engine had reached the noteworthy milestone of logging over 1000 combat flight hours. Today, that same engine line has flown over 10,000 flight hours and has logged over 1000 flights. As the NW-44 engine soars,

Northwest UAV is hard at work at home, adding manufacturing and office space to their campus as they look to the future of unmanned aircraft systems.

Purpose-built for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) that require

extreme endurance and high reliability, the NW-44 Engine (pictured) is a

lightweight, multi-fuel UAV engine that has been designed and built to be easily adaptable, meeting the most challenging mission requirements. The

NW-44 is a complete turn-key engine system designed to be the

Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) solution that virtually eliminates development costs for the OEM, saving customers millions of dollars and several years stuck in the engineering development cycle. Filling a niche in the UAV marketplace, the NW-44 supports aircraft with approximate weights of 40-80 lbs. It is a heavy-duty, reliable, extremely quiet, combat proven engine for the Tier II UAV sector, yet it is still cost competitive with hobby grade systems on a cost-per-flight-hour basis.

“The engine core is critical to reliability, but it’s just a portion of the overall cost of the entire engine system. This is true whether it’s a hobby engine or a purpose-built engine,” says Chris Harris – President and Owner of NWUAV. “Since we can overhaul the NW-44 multiple times, it spreads out the cost of our engine system over a thousand or more flight hours. It is understandable why companies seeking to minimize development costs have decided to use hobby grade engines in the past. However, once systems reach a decent level of maturity, companies are often are forced to redesign their systems due to inconsistent quality, or parts that go obsolete with little notice, which is commonplace in the hobby engine industry. Now that the NW-44 engine is an option, there is no reason to take those risks!“

As the NW-44 Heavy Fuel Engine hits this major milestone of 10,000 combat flight hours and 1000 flights out at the sites, back home, NWUAV continues to evolve, growing its campus to meet not just current, but future needs of the UAS industry. Adding an additional 30,000 sq/ft of facility space to their campus, Northwest UAV is becoming a one-stop-shop for the UAV industry. The design and development effort for the NW-44 defined the way NWUAV approaches engineering projects, as the NW-44 was an internally funded effort, efficiency and speed were mandatory while maintaining high quality. It also helped NWUAV discover gaps in the UAV industry that desperately need to be filled. That’s why NWUAV’s 60,000 sq/ft facility offers dedicated customer services, such as an on-sight machine shop, 3D printing/manufacturing operation, aero/mechanical/electrical engineering services, drafters, technical writers, wire harness production shop, and a fully capable AS9100 production facility all at one location that is DCMA audited. NWUAV has also dedicated up to 15,000 sq/ft of space in the new construction to be divided and isolated for customer-defined efforts to support engine, autopilot or payload integration, as well as new UAS development and volume production.

“We know how difficult it is to bring all these services together, which is why we have worked so hard to create this incubator for the UAS industry. Our customers will be able to bring their solutions to market much quicker while spending less on development” said Heather Sorenson, Director of NWUAV.

“Between NWUAV and our well-vetted supply base, we can support ‘build to print’ projects or a customer’s clean sheet design, from conception all the way to volume production – all from our campus in McMinnville Oregon.”

About Northwest UAV

As America’s leader in UAV propulsion system design and manufacturing, Northwest UAV continues to prove its reputation for reliable, cost effective and innovative UAV engines and support systems through meticulous

engineering, testing, and manufacturing. Founded in 2005 by President and Owner Chris Harris, NWUAV continues to safely and effectively manage all aspects of product development, from initial concept design through production and beyond to maintenance and overhauls. When you need to get in the air and stay there, count on the team at NWUAV. AS9100/ISO9001 (AS9104-1) Certified, DCAA compliant operation.

www.nwuav.com

NASA Chooses Two Organizations to Test Urban Drone Traffic Management

nasa test urban drone traffic management

To ensure safety as more drones take to the skies, NASA has selected Texas and Nevada to host the final phase of a project to develop a drone traffic management system. The space agency has been working on this project with a goal of establishing policies for operating drones safely over populated areas.

Lone Star UAS Center for Excellence & Innovation on Texas A&M campus and Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems in Las Vegas. In Nevada, the flights will take place between March and June and in Texas, they will take flight between July and August.

This project is to help the commercial drone industry understand the challenges that arise with flying in an urban environment. The results of the tests will also help to establish future policies and procedures for operating drones and other Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) safely over populated areas.

Drones are quickly becoming a more common sight in our skies. They are piloted by a range of users, from amateur enthusiasts to the military. However, their impact on modern life has not always been positive. In 2018, reports of drones at Gatwick airport in England caused huge disruption for travelers, with planes grounded and flights canceled.

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This illustration depicts multiple small drones flying in an urban environment, which will be the scenario for NASA’s last in a series of demonstrations of a system that safely manages drone flight.

Credits: NASA

If this final phase is successful, NASA’s project would help improve the safety of civilians as well as pilots across the United States. It would hopefully lay the foundation for other countries to begin implementing similar drone traffic management systems themselves.

“This phase represents the most complicated demonstration of advanced UAS operating in a demanding urban environment that will have been tested to date,” said NASA AUTM project manager Ronald Johnson. “We are pleased at the plans our partners in Nevada and Texas to conduct flight tests in a true urban environment with the support of the City of Reno and the City of Corpus Christi.”

NASA is partnering with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to work to demonstrate technologies including an airspace regulator Flight Information management System, UAS Service Supplier interface for multiple independent UAS traffic management service providers and an interface with vehicle integrated detect-and-avoid capabilities, vehicle-to-vehicle communication and collision avoidance, and automated safe landing technologies.

This project marks a significant milestone in NASA’s research on drones, as it is the last phase of a four-year initiative and will mean major tests for technology in two highly populated cities. It will be critical to see how drone traffic is managed around tall buildings, statues, and other landmarks in urban areas as well as how the unmanned aircraft interact with each other, hopefully avoiding each other.

If this final NASA test is successful, it will give other cities as well as the public and private sectors a better idea for how to manage drones and other things in their skies and usher in a new chapter of urban air travel.

The writer known as I Coleman is a veteran tech reviewer who’s spent seven years writing about everything from PC hardware to drone tech and who joined the Dronethusiast team early in 2017. I brings his characteristic sense of humor and attention to detail to our product reviews and buyer’s guides, making sure that they’re packed with expert analysis in a way that’s still easy for hobby newcomers to understand. In his spare time, I is using drones to create 3D modeling software for a company in his hometown.

Best RC Cars [2019] Top Remote Control Car Reviews

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With so many models on the market, it can be hard to find the best RC cars for sale in 2019. Amazon has thousands of different options with features and jargon that may be unfamiliar to new drivers.

That’s why we’ve compiled this list of what we at Dronethusiast consider the best remote control cars for sale. We’ve included some short RC car reviews explaining why we chose the products we did and handy links

For the uninitiated: RC vehicles are trucks, cars, and any other type of vehicle that are powered by batteries or by gas. They are controlled using a special remote or transmitter from a distance and are a ton of fun.

They work by receiving the signal from the transmitter or remote’s radio wave to the RC vehicle’s antenna and circuit board, or whatever setup the model has for receiving the signal.

This further activates the motor inside of the RC vehicle and links it up with the transmitter or remote. Once the signal has been successfully received and properly synced up you’re free to drive it as you choose.

Top 4 Best RC Cars For Sale

Not sure what type of car you’re looking for? Don’t want to bother reading through all those RC car reviews? That’s why we’ve highlighted the following five models as the very best remote control cars for sale – vehicles that work great for beginners or experienced drivers, and which are hallmarks of quality across all areas.

Traxxas Rustler

Traxxas is the most popular RC car manufacturer in the world. Just about any list of the best RC cars is going to have a Traxxas model at the top – the only question is which one.

At Dronethusiast, we prefer the Traxxas Rustler to the company’s other vehicles. The Rustler gives you better hardware in most categories at a lower price, can reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour, is highly durable, and drives well in any weather or terrain conditions.

RC Car Specifications:

traxxas rc car
• 16.2” x 8.6” x 6.5” dimensions

• 4 wheel drive

• Controlled via Tactic TTX300 transmitter

• Can go up to 35 mph

• Takes 1 Traxxas 8.4 Volt 7-cell NiMH battery

• 1/10 scale size

Pros:

• Great all-around hardware

• Very durable body

• Reasonable price

• Incredibly precise controls

Cons:

• Short battery life

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ARRMA Granite BLX

This fully-equipped all-terrain RC monster truck is a durable, waterproof choice that won’t let you down even in the toughest conditions. The body is made of precision aluminum and super-tough steel that won’t quit even with the roughest play.

This hobby-grade truck is perfect for fans who aren’t afraid to get dirty and take part in some dirt-blasting, rock-crushing fun with one of the most durable and best RC cars on the market.

RC Car Specifications:

arrma rc car
• Shockproof suspension wheels

• 4 wheel drive

• Controlled via Tactic TTX300 transmitter

• Can go up to 30 mph

• Takes 4 AA batteries, but is 2S LiPo-compatible for even greater speeds

• 1/10 scale size

Pros:

• Extremely durable steel and aluminum body covered in a waterproof coating allows this RC vehicle to still operate even after a rough crash or in bad weather.

• Incredibly precise controls

Cons:

• A little expensive

• Brushed motor means it will get less power than some of the brushless motor RC cars on this list

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RW Lamborghini Veneno Racing RC Car

This RC car is awesome for indoor use. Though the range isn’t excellent and the battery time isn’t that long, it’s still great for some recreational fun with your kids. Plus, it’s cheaper than almost any other remote control car on the market.

It’s perfect for those who want something small, yet very flashy, to drive around the house to kick some boredom. This gorgeous RC vehicle is both easy on the eyes and a lot of fun to drive. It comes in silver and red and runs on 5 batteries total. You will need 2 AA’s for the remote control and 3 AAA’s for the car itself.

RC Car Specifications:

Lamborghini Veneno Racing RC Car
• Shockproof suspension wheels

• More than 15 minutes of drive time

• High-quality model includes working tail lights

• Can go up to 10 mph

• Takes 2 AA batteries and 3 AAA batteries

• 1/24 scale size

Pros:

• Beautiful and highly detailed model of a real car

• Best budget remote control car

Cons:

• Can only be driven indoors or on a smooth, flat surface

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Blomiky 4WD High-Speed Racing Off-Road RC Truck

For those who want something that’s both an off-road RC vehicle and one that includes some serious speed, we’ve found your perfect match. This electric-powered RC truck is quite a marvel. If you’re looking to channel your inner speed demon, this RC truck can definitely help you do it!

RC Car Specifications:

Road RC Truck
• Has a shockproof suspension system with anti-skid 4-wheel-drive

• Controlled via 2.4GHz transmitter controller

• 1/18 scale size

• Comes with 3 batteries

• Lasts between 20 to 30 minutes on a single charge

Pros:

• The extra batteries are great to have, which ensure that you can switch them out while on the field and continue to race and have fun

• It’s great for sand, grass, gravel, and even smoother surfaces, so this RC truck is great for both indoor and outdoor racing and driving

Cons:

• Driving straight is a problem – to get it to drive slightly straight you need to flip it over and mess around with a button/switch system that can be confusing

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Best RC Car Toys Reviews

Some of us are looking for serious racing vehicles when we buy an RC car. Others just want something that’s colorful and fun to drive around or play with. If you’re one of the latter, here are the best RC car toys of 2019.

Read more Remote Control Care for Kids Reviews here!

LEGO RC Car Batmobile

This LEGO RC car has decent specification, but is generally technically unimpressive. This is going to be the pattern for our entire RC car toy section. However, what it lacks in pure power it more than makes up for in fun gimmickry.

I mean, you get to BUILD a cool car out of LEGOs (a Christopher-Nolan-inspired Batmobile, no less), but you then get to really drive it using a mobile phone app that’s great for beginners. This car also has stud-firing missile cannons and can perform several simple stunts right from the phone app. What could be cooler than that?

RC Car Specifications:

superheroes best rc car
• Dimensions: 3x7x5”

• 6 AAA batteries required (not included)

• Controlled by a free smartphone or tablet app

• You build the car yourself out of LEGO building blocks

• Includes stud shooter cannons

Pros:

• A super fun toy that kids will love

• Recommended for fans of Batman or LEGO RC cars

Cons:

• Unimpressive technical specs

• Requires a lot of batteries

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Toy State Nikko Barbie Remote Control Car

Few images are as instantly iconic as the Barbie convertible. Variations of this classic toy car have been around since 1962! Naturally, the advent of modern technology has turned this toy from a hunk of plastic to a remote control car that’s fun for both the young and the young at heart.

This particular car is a Nikko model manufactured by Toy State and officially licensed with the Barbie name and design. It doesn’t come with a doll (despite the deceptive Amazon picture), but it’s designed to fit any sized Barbie toy.

Remote control cars don’t just have to be for guys, you know, and this remote control toy is a great way to get a little girl excited about this wonderful hobby.

RC Car Specifications:

Barbie Remote Control Car
• Dimensions: 16.5×7.5×5”

• 2 AAA and 5 AA batteries required (not included)

• Controlled by a transmitter shaped like a steering wheel

• Fits two Barbie dolls

• Detailed interior

Pros:

• By far the best officially licensed Barbie Remote Control Car

• Costs less than 100 dollars

Cons:

• Transmitter is known to have some issues

• Cannot maneuver well in tight spaces

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Mario Kart Remote Control Anti-Gravity Motorcycle – Top RC Drift Car

Mario is one of the most enduring brands of recent memory, and Mario Kart is one of the most fun video games ever made, full stop. Now you can bring that fun into the real world with this Mario Kart Remote Control Anti-Gravity Motorcycle.

There are quite a few Mario Kart remote control cars on the market, and in fact we were specifically asked if we could include one on this list. We chose this motorcycle in particular because it drives well, is relatively durable, and is pretty inexpensive with all batteries included. It can also change to “anti-gravity mode” by turning the wheels sideways, which allows the motorcycle to drift.

RC Car Specifications:

mario kart best rc car
• Dimensions: 13x5x10”

• 10 AAA batteries required (included)

• Controlled by a transmitter shaped like a steering wheel

• Two different driving modes

• Non-removable Mario toy attached

Pros:

• Looks and drives like a kart from the video game

• Costs less than 50 dollars with all parts and batteries included

Cons:

• Requires a lot of batteries

• Should not be used on carpet

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Fastest RC Cars Revies

Looking for the fastest remote control cars for sale? Traxxas makes cars for adults that speed past any competition at incredible top speeds.

Traxxas XO-1

The Traxxas XO-1 is the world’s fastest commercially-available RC vehicle, full stop. It can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.3 seconds, zero to 100 miles per hour in 4.92 seconds, and reaches top speeds of over 100 mph. Even Traxxas’ second fastest RC car can only reach 60 miles per hour without modifications, so this is a huge leap in quality.

Unsurprisingly, it’s also a huge leap in price. Not everyone will be able to spend $1000 USD on a remote control vehicle. But for those who want the very fastest option around, there’s no substitutes worth accepting.

RC Car Specifications:

best rc car traxxas
• Dimensions: 27×11.6×5”

• LiPo batteries required, not included

• Controlled by a Qi 2.4GHz transmitter (included)

• Top speed of 100+ miles per hour

• Integrated Speed, RPM, temperature and voltage telemetry system

Pros:

• Fastest RC car you can buy

• Great all-around quality

Cons:

• Very expensive

• Batteries not included

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Traxxas Jato 3.3 Nitro-Powered Stadium Truck

The Traxxas Jato is a Nitro RC car, meaning that it’s powered by nitro engine fuel instead of a battery. Nitro RC cars give you better speed, but are less environmentally friendly and have a distinct fuel smell that some people find distasteful.

At any rate, the Jato is very similar to the Traxxas Rustler (our top RC car for sale), except for the aforementioned fuel system, which allows it to travel at a 65 mile per hour top speed. It also has an exceptionally powerful motor and good stability control. If you’re not yet ready to commit to the heft price tag of the XO-1, this is an excellent alternative to the fastest RC car for sale.

RC Car Specifications:

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• Dimensions: 16.5×12.9×5.7”

• LiPo battery required (included)

• Controlled by a TQi 2.4GHz bluetooth transmitter (included)

• Top speed of 65 miles per hour

• Traxxas Link wireless module, factory installed telemetry sensors, and TSM stability control

Pros:

• Great speed

• Extremely precise controls

• Batteries included

Cons:

• Costs over $500 USD

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Best RC Rally Cars

Rallying is a popular type of racing sport which has unsurprisingly made its way to the RC car market. Here are a couple of the best RC rally cars currently for sale.

Traxxas LaTrax Electric Rally Racer

Yes indeed, it’s another Traxxas remote control car. The LaTrax Electric Rally Racer is a compact model that comes with everything you need to start racing, including a battery and a transmitter, for less than $200 USD. Its powerful motor, completely independent suspension, and all-wheel drive capabilities make it perfect for rally racing in any terrain.

RC Car Specifications:

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• Dimensions: 7.2×8.3×12.2”

• 6V NiMH battery pack and wall outlet charger included

• Controlled by a 2.4GHz transmitter (included)

• Soft-compound tires on authentic 12-spoke Rally wheels

• Fully independent suspension

Pros:

• Looks great

• Good battery life

• Excellent suspension system

Cons:

• No 4 wheel drive

• Can’t be easily customized

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Tamiya Lancia Delta Integrale

The Tamiya brand Lancia Delta Integrale is one of the most popular remote control rally cars on the market. It has a highly durable design that stands up to most crashes and uses a friction damper to keep the motor from overheating. It has full four-wheel drive and is easily customizable if you’re a serious racer who wants to make some improvements to the base model. And it’s even fairly easy for amateur racers to build and enjoy!

RC Car Specifications:

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• Dimensions: 19.1×9.2×6.2”

• Battery, battery chargers, receiver, and steering servo must be purchased separately

• 540 type motor

• 4WD prop shaft for all-terrain, all-weather driving

Pros:

• Highly durable, with protections in case of crash

• Performance and appearance can be customized

Cons:

• Requires you to purchase and assemble lots of extra parts

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Remote Control Cars FAQ

How fast can an RC vehicle go?

Where speed is concerned, it all depends on the model and brand you choose to go with. It depends on the price, parts used, the weight, the motor, etc. Some of the more expensive RC vehicles can reach up to 60 mph and over, while other models designed for the purpose of racing can go over 100mph.

If you’re geared toward getting a RC vehicle that utilizes speed more than anything else, you’ll no doubt appreciate one that is more for racing. On average, however, they typically go as fast as 50 to 60 mph unless specified otherwise.

Where is a good place to drive a RC vehicle?

The great thing about RC vehicles is that you can drive them virtually anywhere. On the sidewalk, your backyard, or even in your home. Although, depending on where you live you have a ton of options. For example, skate parks and parking lots are great places for driving a RC vehicle. Open fields, for one, are great areas for RC vehicles with raised tires.

There are a ton of places to drive a RC vehicle, practically anywhere is good if you give it a try.

Where is a good place to race RC vehicles?

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For the best racing experience possible where RC vehicles are concerned, you’re going to want flat terrain and somewhere that has a long stretch. Track fields, for example, are great places to race RC vehicles.

Parking lots, open fields, track fields, and any long, open area have great potential to be a RC vehicle racking spot.

Which RC vehicles are the best for beginners?

An RC vehicle that is powered by electricity is better for beginners. They are easier to maintain and very easy to understand. Some nitro-powered RC vehicles require methanol, nitromethane and a blend of syntetic oil and castor oil which can be complicated. Another benefit for electric RC cars is that they don’t require vigorous cleaning.

Where size is concerned for beginners the starting with small radio controlled cars can sometimes work better. The best scale for beginner RC vehicles is typically between 1/10 and 1/8.

If you are completely new to RC vehicles then your best bet is to start with a 1/10, see how you like it, and then go from there later on. These sizes tend to have great value, are easier to carry around, and are more practical in general.

Should I get an RC car kit or one that has already been built?

Unless you’re a hobbyist with a serious interest in building your own RC vehicle, buying one that has already been built is your best bet. Building a RC vehicle from a kit is definitely not for the faint of heart, unless it’s an entry level one, and even those can be quite complicated.

What is the difference between brushed and brushless RC cars?

Brushed motors are inexpensive and pretty much get the job done, but they are not as fast as brushless motors. Brushless motor RC cars are faster, more efficient, and can run longer on a single charge of the battery.

What’s a bumper, and should I get one?

Bumpers save your front and rear end when you crash. Using a bumper doesn’t mean you’re not a good driver, even the pros use bumpers more often than not, so don’t worry.

Can you drive RC Cars in water?

While most RC cars are unable to go in the water, a RC amphibious vehicle has the ability to go on land or water.

What RC Car Tires Are Available?

There are lots of different RC car tires available, so if you’re not happy with the tires the vehicle has come with, you can change them out for something different. Beginners most likely don’t need to worry about changing their RC car tires. However, experience drivers will often do this based on the terrain that they plan on driving and/or racing on.

The different types of remote control car tires include:

– Ribbed– Placed only on the front wheels, are good for off-road conditions, great for side-to-side traction, and typically are only used on 2-wheel-drive RC vehicles

– Pins – High wear on harder surfaces, gives an even amount of traction for all directions, reduced traction on sand, and has low traction on harder surfaces

– Slicks – Made from foam or rubber, gives an even amount of traction for all directions, has virtually no traction when off-road, and has high traction on harder surfaces

– Grooved – Has high traction for side-to-side, low traction during acceleration on sand, and has medium-low wear on harder surfaces

– X Pin – Has relatively low traction on harder surfaces, traction is less affected when driving on sand, gives an even amount of traction for all directions, and has medium to high wear on harder surfaces

– V-Groove – Very similar to Slick tires but has improved traction during acceleration on wet surfaces

– Paddle – Has high wear on harder surfaces during acceleration, reduces steering on 2-wheel-drive vehicles drastically, gives an even amount of traction for all directions, and has great traction when driving on sand

As previously stated, the remote control car tires you end up choosing should greatly depend on the model of your choosing, where you plan on driving, and the conditions of the weather, terrain, etc.

Finding RC Cars And RC Trucks

We hope this article has made it easier to find the best RC cars and RC trucks for sale. This is an exciting market that’s only grown in popularity in recent years, and we’re always happy to help beginners and experienced drivers alike find their next remote control car obsession.

If you think we missed one of the best RC cars, or if you have a question we didn’t cover in our extensive FAQ, be sure to let us hear about it in the comments!

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Best Small RC Cars (Mini And Micro Remote Control Cars 2019)

Best Small RC Cars
A lot of hobbyists are looking for remote control cars that are big and tough, like the mighty off-road Traxxas models. But some of us just want a small RC car that we can use indoors. If that’s you, you’re in luck, because today we’re looking at the best small, mini, and micro RC cars for sale in 2019.

If you’re a relative newcomer to the world of rc cars, you might not know the difference between a small RC car, a mini RC car, and a micro RC car. Indeed, these are fairly loose definitions that even serious hobbyists can’t always agree on. However, we’ve included an FAQ answering this question – and many more questions that come up often when discussing the subject of small remote control cars – below the product reviews.

Best Small RC Cars Reviews

These products are smaller than your average remote control car for sale, but not by much. They’re for shoppers who want something that can be used indoors but don’t want to sacrifice the performance that comes with a larger motor

SZJJX 1:18 Electric Rock Crawler

This small hobby grade RC car, manufactured by JJX-Tech, is perfect for buyers who want great performance at a cheap price. This small remote control car has great skid resistance and full four-wheel drive, so it can be driven indoors, outdoors, and even in some off-road situations. While not necessarily recommended for young children, this small rock crawler is great for beginners.

Features:

electric Rock Crawler
• Car dimensions: 11.02 x 6.29 x 5.9 inches

• 2.4GHz Remote Controller

• Car requires 4.8V 700mA battery (included)

• Controller requires 3 AA batteries (included)

• 4 wheel drive

• 20 km/hour top speed

Pros:

• Can be used indoors, outdoors, and even off-road

• 20 minute battery life

• Very cheap for a small RC car of this quality

Cons:

• Slow battery charging

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HBX 1:18 Scale All Terrain RC Car

HBX is a well-known and well-respected remote control truck company, and although this particular model is by far the most expensive small RC car on this list, it’s well worth the price for any serious hobbyist interested in a smaller vehicle. This car is highly durable and quite fast, equipped with a superb brushed RC380 motor.

Features:

Best Mini Remote Control Car
• Car dimensions: 9 x 7 x 6 inches

• 2.4GHz Remote Controller

• Car requires Li-ion 7.4V,650mAH battery (included)

• Controller requires 2 AA batteries (not included)

• 4 wheel drive

• 30 km/hour top speed

Pros:

• Great performance

• Extremely durable

• Should work in all off-road conditions

Cons:

• Short battery life (about 9 minutes)

• Costs over $100 USD

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Best Mini Remote Control Car Reviews

Mini remote control cars are very small RC vehicles that are designed to be used indoors and which may have a camera or other features.

Cheerwing Mini RC Racing Car

Cheerwing is a popular brand of RC car manufacturer, known for making accessible beginner cars that are great for users of all ages and skill levels. This mini brushless RC car comes with a strong and quality design, high viscosity tires, dual motors, and a top speed of 12 mph. That makes this car one of the fastest mini remote control cars for sale on the market today!

Features:

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• Car dimensions: 5.00 x 2.50 x 3.25 inches

• 2.4GHz Remote Controller

• Car requires 3.7V 100mAh battery (2 included)

• Controller requires 4 AA batteries (not included)

• 2 wheel drive

• Also includes 6 traffic cones and a ramp

Pros:

• Great speed

• Precise controls

• Comes with two batteries

Cons:

• Not very durable, do NOT use this car outdoors

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A-Parts Mini Spy Remote Control Tank Car

The A-Parts Mini Spy Remote Control Tank Car has a very unique design and is one of the few small remote control cars with camera for sale. The camera itself can take still images or stream live video, and it all looks very nice at a 0.3 megapixel resolution. It also has a solid battery life and is a little smaller than the Cheerwing model.

Features:

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• Car dimensions: 3.9 x 4.7 x 2.4 inches

• Controlled with iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad tablet

• Car requires Li-ion 3.7V/450mAh battery (1 included)

• Manually adjustable 0.3MP camera

Pros:

• One of the few mini RC cars with camera

• Unique design

• Good battery life (20 minutes per battery)

Cons:

• Short transmission range

• Imprecise controls

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Best Micro RC Car Reviews

Micro remote control cars are the smallest cars for sale. These tiny RC vehicles can fit in the palm of your hand!

Force1 Gravity Defying Rechargeable RC Car

Force1 is an excellent manufacturer of beginner RC vehicles, and their Gravity Defying Rechargeable RC Car is, in our opinion, the best micro RC car for sale. The name refers to the fact that it can drive on the walls or ceiling, which is a neat gimmick, but what really pushes this car across the finish line is its great performance, which includes multiple controller channels and good speed. It has a few issues with durability, like all micro RC cars, but even in this area it’s a lot sturdier than most of the other products out there.

Features:

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• Car dimensions: 2 x 1 x 1 inches

• Controller requires 3 AA batteries (not included)

• Car requires one 3.7v 200mAh Li-Po battery (included)

• Can drive on walls or on the ceiling

• Multiple controller channels

• Vibrant LED lights

Pros:

• Great design

• Great performance

• A fun gimmick where it can drive on walls or the ceiling

Cons:

• Not the most durable car

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Micro RC Car Baja Racer

This Ideas In Life brand product – the Baja Racer – is one of the most popular micro RC cars on Amazon. It doesn’t have the most impressive technical specs on the market, but it costs less than 20 dollars, has a great colorful design, and is highly durable. This is the perfect micro RC car for kids or for casual hobbyists.

Features:

Micro RC Car Baja Racer
• Car dimensions: 2.5 x 1.5 x 2 inches

• 2.7GHz Remote Controller

• Controller requires 2 AA batteries (not included)

• Car plugs into the remote to charge

• 40 foot range

Pros:

• Cheap micro RC car

• Very durable for its size

Cons:

• Imprecise controls

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Haomsj Mini Coke Can Micro Racing Car

No, that isn’t a typo – the company that makes these micro cars really is called “hoamsj”, with no capitalization. These popular cars have a great and stylish design, as do the cans they come in (which aren’t actually Coke cans, despite the name.) They have decent power, charge quickly, and come with a few toy traffic cones, but mainly what you’re paying for here is the colorful aesthetic.

Features:

Mini Coke Can Micro Racing Car
• Car dimensions: 1.2 x 0.9 x 2.7 inches

• 4.9GHz Remote Controller

• Controller requires 2 AA batteries (not included)

• Car uses a built-in rechargeable battery (included)

• Working head and tail lights

Pros:

• The car and the can it comes in both look great

• Decent speed for a micro RC car

Cons:

• Not very durable

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Small Radio Controlled Cars FAQ

What’s the difference between a mini RC car and micro RC car?

A mini RC car is a small remote control vehicle that can be driven indoors – usually around 1:32 scale at most. A micro RC car is the tiniest possible remote control vehicle – they can get as small as 1:72 scale.

In other words, these are nearly identical classes of remote control vehicle, but “micro” is smaller than “mini.”

What is the smallest remote control car?

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the smallest remote control car ever made is a 25 millimeter model of a Mercedes Benz. That’s 1/90th the size of the original car.

What does RC scale mean?

Many small radio controlled cars are modeled after full-size vehicles. The “scale” is the size comparison between the remote control version of the vehicle and the original car. For example, a 1:10 scale RC car (one of the most common scales) is 1/10th the size of the original car it’s modeled after.

Micro radio controlled cars and mini radio controlled cars usually start at around a 1:32 scale.

Can you buy small remote control cars with camera?

There are a few small remote control cars with camera, but they’re not common, and the cameras aren’t very good. If you’re looking with an RC vehicle with a camera, you’re better off with a drone.

What is the average price of small remote control cars?

Small remote control cars usually cost 50 to 100 dollars.

Where to buy mini RC cars?

Mini and micro RC cars can be purchased in a brick-and-mortar shop if you happen to live in a big city with niche hobby stores, but they’re usually purchased from an online storefront like Amazon. We’ve provided Amazon affiliate links to every product listed in our reviews above.

Mini/Micro RC Cars For Sale

We hope this article has helped you find the best small RC cars, best mini remote control cars, and best micro RC cars for sale. We know that everyone has different needs and desires when they’re shopping for a product like this, so we do our best to help readers find the car that’s perfect for them. If you have a favorite small RC car that we missed, or have a question we didn’t cover in our FAQ, be sure to drop us a line in the comments and we’ll reply as soon as we can.

Justin is a certified Drone Enthusiast with several years experience piloting as many UAV aircraft as he can get his hands on. While shooting footage as a hobby has now become more of a full time job, Justin still enjoys the peaceful feeling of getting a birds eye view while hiking or on vacation with his family. Reach out to Justin by using the Dronethusiast Contact Page or email at dronethusiast@gmail.com.

Sony Camera Payload for DJI drones from Klau Geomatics.

With the end of the DJI X4s camera, drone operators have been looking for a quality mapping camera solution for the Inspire 2 and M200/M210/M210V2 drones. Klau Geomatics has released a Sony camera/PPK payload to offer even better results from these drones. This enables more effective and accurate mapping and inspection using superior quality, plug and play camera payloads with precise 3D positioning accuracy.

Quality cameras

Sony, leaders in camera technology, have a number of quality cameras, proven to generate high quality mapping from drones. Models such as the RX1r2, a6300 and a5100 all have large sensor, leaf shutters and no moving internals to affect camera calibration.

An RX1r2 will cover twice the area of an X4s in each photo, at the same GSD. At 42 megapixels, this is a lot of data in each photo.

But it’s not just about megapixels. Selected Sony cameras also produce far better images because of the lens quality and larger sensor. Better depth of field, less noise, high dynamic range and ISO sensitivity. Ultimately this means clearer, sharper pictures with more data in the shadows and less geometrical distortion. More data in each photo means better, more accurate mapping and inspection in less time.

Gimbal stabilized, calibrated cameras

Klau Geomatics has custom 2-axis stabilized gimbals for the RX1r2, a6400 and a5100 cameras, with adjustable and programmable camera pitch to move from nadir mapping to oblique inspection modes. These cameras can be supplied with a calibrated, fixed focal-length lens, for accurate mapping without GCPs.

Smart Camera Trigger Control

A traditional setback for M600 operators with Sony cameras has been how to trigger the camera. The latest KlauPPK systems, compatible with any drone, has smart trigger control functionality, enabling users to trigger the camera based on time or distance. Once the drone moves out of the configurable ‘3D home zone’, the camera will trigger at the user-prescribed distance (or time) interval, until it returns to the zone.

KlauPPK and PPP

The KlauPPK technology is proven to be the most accurate, robust and sophisticated PPK hardware/software system for accurate mapping and inspection projects. This coupled with a quality Sony camera, stabilized gimbal and smart triggering system, provides the most accurate integrated payload on your drone.

The new camera payload can be upgraded to KlauPPP, for a simple effective no-base-station solution, anywhere in the world. KlauPPP is the ‘black magic’ of drone positioning. No need to log data or download CORS data, it works wherever you are, regardless of proximity to a base station.

An excellent solution for corporate fleets covering large remote areas.

Quality Sony cameras, on popular DJI drones, with Klau Geomatics technology: the cost effective,reliable and accurate UAV mapping and inspection solution.

Visit www.klauppk.com or contact Klau Geomatics [email protected] for more information.

Measure Introduces Version 2.0 of Enterprise Drone Program Software, Ground Control

Measure, the leader in enterprise drone services, launches its next generation drone software platform, Ground Control 2.0. In the past year, over 200 companies around the world have leveraged the platform as new features and functions have been added. Today, it is available to the public after upgrading current Ground Control users in January.

“We are in a pivotal time in the drone industry, as companies are scaling their operations and seeking a compliant solution backed by a company with an incredible amount of real-world experience unmatched in the industry,” says Measure CEO, Brandon Torres Declet. “We are excited to continue to serve clients with a powerful drone program management tool that we intend on continuously improving as regulations and technology advance.”

Measure Ground Control 1.0 was launched last year with an easy-to-use flight application developed specifically for commercial use and a cloud-based web portal where managers could check airspace and view flight logs and data screenshots automatically uploaded from drone missions.

Measure Ground Control 2.0 adds powerful program management capabilities and new flight application features designed to provide ROI to corporate drone programs. With Ground Control 2.0, enterprises can:

• Manage People & Equipment by:

o Keeping tabs on the activities, certifications, and training of your team

o Assigning roles to provide user access to just the right information

o Managing all equipment, with automatic usage tracking and maintenance

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• Schedule & Plan Flights by:

o Creating and scheduling missions, and managing a program-wide calendar

o Assigning pilots, equipment, and other resources to missions

o Setting flight parameters and paths to be sent to pilots in the field

• Fly & Collect Data by:

o Checking weather and airspace and requesting LAANC authorization

o Using active track modes including spotlight, POI, trace, and profile

o Setting up automated grid and waypoint flights

• Track & Report Activity by:

o Reviewing automatically uploaded flight logs, screen captures, and completed checklists

o Checking automatically flagged incidents for activity outside of safety best practices

o Viewing interactive dashboards of program activity and exporting reports for compliance tracking

• Store & Use Data by:

o Storing unlimited flight logs, drone data, and reports on a secure, US-based server

o Uploading inspection results to create summarized, program-wide dashboards

o Integrating with GIS tools, data visualization software, and ERP systems

A complete list of features can be found at https://www.measure.com/ground-control.

AES (www.aes.com), one of the largest energy companies in the world has already been using Ground Control as it scales its own enterprise drone program in 13 countries worldwide.

“We see great value in Ground Control’s worldwide flight management, starting with in-flight safety risk notifications and mapping of restrictive areas,” notes Evaristo Leonardi, VP Global Operations Support at

AES. “Our pilots enjoy its ease of use and our operators appreciate the automatic uploads of imagery which they use to extract valuable insights to improve our operations and safety.”

“We believe Ground Control is a crucial tool for building drone operations to scale,” says Jesse Stepler, Chief Strategy Officer at Measure. “We will be a driving factor in the advancement of the drone industry in energy, construction, public safety, government, and other organizations where drone use is widespread. As these organizations look to increase operational efficiency, Ground Control offers complete oversight and control as a truly all-encompassing tool for enterprise drone programs.”

Measure is offering a full access, 30-day free trial to all new users. To sign up, fill out the form at https://www.measure.com/ground-control.