UPS could beat Amazon to full service drone delivery

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Amazon has touted shipping products using drones so long that it seems odd to learn UPS has beat them to the punch. The Verge report from this past week shows United Parcel Service appears to have worked out the logistics using an outside vendor to develop a drone based delivery system centralized around delivery trucks. The delivery truck becomes the hub in this new delivery method. Check out this video of the drone delivering the package from the UPS truck.

Watch this video for more detail of the UPS delivery drone objectives.

Dubai’s latest techno-boondoggle is a passenger-carrying autonomous quadcopter

Residents of the oil-rich city of Dubai are reportedly getting a new toy this summer: a autonomous quadcopter drone capable of carrying passengers. According to a report from the Associated Press, the head of Dubai’s Roads & Transportation Agency announced it would be testing the single-person quadcopter, made by Chinese drone company Ehang, as (in the words of the AP) a “transport alternative.”

The drone in question was on display at an event during the World Government Summit, but attendees dismissed it as “just another curiosity,” says the AP, until Road & Transportation head Mattar Al Tayer announced: “This is not only a model […] We have actually experimented with this vehicle flying in Dubai’s skies.” Al Tayer then said the…

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Panasonic’s new image sensor technology will improve night vision in cars

Panasonic has developed new image sensor technology that should improve night vision in vehicles. The company says it has developed a way to electronically control the near infrared light sensitivity of pixels in an organic CMOS sensor without having to use a mechanical IR cut filter. That basically means the technology should make for more detailed images from night-vision cameras in vehicles whenever Panasonic makes the technology available to automakers.

There are a few cars that can “see in the dark” these days, but given that those cars all cost above $50,000, and the optional night-vision camera can add upwards of $2,500 to your grand total, most people haven’t had the luxury of experiencing the technology yet.

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Google Assistant on the Pixel can now control your smart home devices

Google is rolling out a new voice-controlled hub in Pixel phones so you can manage your smart home devices straight from Google Assistant. The feature, called Home Control, lets you use voice commands to control products like Belkin’s WeMo, Nest, Philips Hue, and Samsung SmartThings.

By centralizing the devices to Google Assistant, you won’t need to constantly look for individual apps or invest in a Google Home if you don’t already have one. You can find the new controls under Google Assistant, then the Home Control tab.

Google Assistant is currently available on just Pixel and Pixel XL phones. Rumors claim the LG G6 will be the next non-Pixel device to receive the AI, but more details will emerge when the phone is…

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Dodge’s repurposed parking sensors let cops know if anyone is sneaking up on them

Dodge is cleverly repurposing existing technology in its Dodge Charger Pursuit police cars to help cops stay safe. It’s called the Officer Protection Package, and it is designed to keep officers from being ambushed from behind when sitting in a parked squad car.

When the feature is switched on, the car turns on the rear-facing ultrasonic parking sensors. If they are tripped by someone walking right behind the car, a chime will sound to alert the officer to the movement, the rear camera will activate, and the car will automatically roll up the front windows and lock the doors.

To most of us, it seems like a small thing, but a number of officers have been ambushed in their police cars over the past year and the system only requires a small…

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