Fotokite partners with Pierce Manufacturing to equip firetrucks with tethered drones

Fotokite, a startup founded in Switzerland in 2014 with offices in Zurich and Syracuse, New York, has partnered with Pierce Manufacturing Inc., a top supplier of firetrucks in North America, to integrate an autonomous tethered "kite" drone in emergency vehicles to help provide firefighters with situational awareness.

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US: Genius NY competition $1M grand prize goes to Italy’s Sentient Blue

Genius NY, a business accelerator organization based in central New York State funded by Empire State Development, has held its third annual awards event in Syracuse, awarding first prize of $1 million (€890,000) to Sentient Blue, a startup from Italy.

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Austria: EHang and FACC want to certify pilotless air taxis next year after flying executives & politicians in Vienna

China's EHang Inc., in partnership with Austria's FACC, a unit of Chinese state-owned aerospace group AVIC since 2009, is seeking rapid certification of its Ehang 216 autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) in Austria, hoping for mass production and flights next year as journalists, executives and politicians were offered rides in Vienna at a press event.

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UPS, Matternet partner for medical deliveries in North Carolina

United Parcel Service (UPS), the logistics giant, has partnered with Switzerland's Matternet and WakeMed Health & Hospitals for regular hourly delivery of medical samples across the hospital system's campus near Raleigh in the US state of North Carolina, with oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

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Spain’s Quaternium equips Benidorm police with long endurance c-drone, authorized for BVLOS

Quaternium, a Spanish startup founded in 2013 by José Luis Cortés in València, has started a first responder pilot program with Policía Local de Benidorm featuring the HYBRiX.20 hybrid fuel-electric drone.

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