GeoWrap: Britain to test self-driving lorries; Drone laws for India and more

GeoWrap: Britain to test self-driving lorries; Drone laws for India and more

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Small convoys of self-driving lorries to be tested on British roads

UK: British government has decided to test small convoys of partially self-driving lorries on major British roads by the end of next year. In this regard, a contract has been awarded to the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) to carry out the test of vehicle “platoons”…(Read more)

UN-GGIM releases document on “Strategic Framework on Geospatial Information and Services for Disaster”

US: The Working Group on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters (WG-GISD) of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) has published a “Strategic Framework on Geospatial Information and Services for Disaster” to…(Read more)

Esri’s ArcGIS Hub shines in GeoSmart Asia 2017

With an increasing number of cities worldwide adopting Esri’s ArcGIS Hub, the concept is expected to usher in a new wave of Smart Cities in Asia. Today, cities account for more than 50% of the world’s population and produce 80% of global Gross Domestic Product. By 2045, this figure is expected to grow by a further 1.5 times…(Read more)

Baidu’s Apollo puts search engine giant at the forefront of autonomous car revolution

China: In order to lead the autonomous car revolution, Baidu, the Chinese internet giant, is working incessantly to develop its Apollo driverless cars project. Baidu is investing heavily in developing the program. Named after the US’ historic Apollo mission, Baidu’s Apollo illustrate the scale and complexity of the…(Read more)

McKinsey’s report states 3D printing could transform construction industry

US: Management consulting firm McKinsey & Company has published a report that identifies 3D printing as a key area of “construction’s digital future.” The report also looks at 5D building information modeling, IoT, and other technologies. 3D printing in the construction industry might not be…(Read more)

Minotaur rocket launches tracking satellite for U.S. Air Force

US: An Orbital ATK Minotaur 4 rocket lights up the overnight sky on Saturday as its carrier blasts off a small tracking satellite for the U.S. Air Force into orbit to keep tabs on critical high-altitude military and civilian satellites. Made up of five solid-fuel stages, including three salvaged from…(Read more)

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Drones laws for India in the offing

India is finally planning to come out with a set of rules and regulations for the usage of drones very soon. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is reportedly working on draft, which will be released anytime this week. The development assumes significance as…(Read more)