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Amazon patents a drone that delivers a charge to power up EVs on the go
Darrell Etherington (@etherington)
A recent Amazon patent could be an answer to range anxiety, albeit one that sounds a bit more sci-fi than practical solution at the moment: the newly granted patent (via Roadshow) describes a drone that could carry a battery charge for electric cars, and deliver them to any cars out on the road that need them while in route, providing enough juice to get to a proper charging station.
There’s a lot that seems crazy about this patent, however – including the fact that drones themselves require a lot of tricky power management to get even limited flight times with lightweight cargo on board. Keeping themselves charged and within range of vehicles in need of a top-up might be the most challenging aspect of the idea overall, in fact.
It’s not the only hurdle in terms of making this thing real, either; the patent also describes a rooftop docking station that the drone can land on to stay connected with the vehicle and provide power on an ongoing basis while it continues along its route. That means either aftermarket modifications or buy-in from automakers will be required to make it happen, too.
At the moment, it’s not a super realistic concept, in other words. But it has potential, especially if we get to a future where EVs are commonplace, as are drone delivery services (something Amazon definitely is interested in making happen).
Ruling gives FAA more power over drones than local governments
September 24, 2017
When it comes to drone regulations, the FAA's rules trump anything local governments conjure up. That's what a federal court in Massachusetts has proven when it ruled in favorof a commercial drone owner who sued the city of Newton over its drone ordinance. Newton resident Michael Singer filed the lawsuit in a bid to eliminate some of the city's rules that don't align with the FAA's, including having to register with every municipality it has to fly over and to maintain an altitude of 400 feet and above over private and Newton city property. Two of the rules he chose not to challenge prohibit operating drones in a reckless manner and the use of drones to spy on people.
Singer argued that having to register with every municipality would make flights impossible, since an unmanned flying vehicle could cross several for a trip that takes a few minutes. In addition, the FAA requires UAVs for businesses to fly under 400 feet. US District Judge William G. Young explained that "Newton's choice to restrict any drone use below this altitude (400 feet) thus works to eliminate any drone use in the confines of the city, absent prior permission. This thwarts not only the FAA's objectives, but also those of Congress for the FAA to integrate drones into the national airspace." Singer said the ruling "ensure[s] that the skies would remain open for new technology that would benefit society."
Since we're still figuring out which drone rules and regulations work, the judge's decision could influence similar cases and even local authorities' decisions regarding drone use in the future. Doug Johnson, Consumer Technology Association's VP of Tech Policy, said the ruling "establishes a rock-solid affirmation that the federal government unequivocally holds jurisdiction over the drone industry."
Press Release City of San Clemente
Office of the City Manager James Makshanoff,
Contact: Adam Atamiam, Code Compliance Manager
Laura Ferguson, Public Information Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE release
NEW drone ordinance IN EFFECT SOON City Council Adopted Ordinance in Response to OC Grand Jury Report
May 18, 2017....San Clemente, California...On May 2, 2017, the San Clemente City Council approved a new ordinance regarding the use of unmanned aircraft (UA), commonly referred to as "drones," in response to the 2015-2016 Orange County Grand Jury Report, "Drones: Know Before You Fly." The report cited the increased use of drones since December 2015 and opined that their unregulated use will pose significant threats to public safety and privacy. On October 17, 2016, the City of San Clemente provided its response to the findings and recommendations required of the Orange County Grand Jury. Part of these recommendations included the adoption of an ordinance that sets operating requirements on the time, place, and manner of drone operations. The City's UA ordinance will go into effect on June 1, 2017.
The City's ordinance complies with the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) finalized notice of proposed rulemaking entitled "Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems," which imposes operating and certification requirements to allow small unmanned aircraft systems in the National Airspace System for non-hobby purposes and non- recreational purposes. Numerous instances of drone interference with fire and emergency services have been documented. The City concurs with the FAA that the City Council has police powers and authority to issue regulations related to land use, zoning, privacy, trespass, and law enforcement operations. The public necessity, convenience, and general welfare justify the addition of Chapter 8.82 to the Health and Safety Code as provided under Chapter 1.01, Code Adoption, of the San Clemente Municipal Code.
To view a copy of the City's UA ordinance, visit this link: http://san-clemente.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=36578
To view a copy of the Orange County Grand Jury report, visit this link:
www.ocgrandiury.org/pdfs/2015 2016 GJreport/2016-05-26 Website Report.pdf
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Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) Prohibited in Yosemite National Park
Date: May 2, 2014
Yosemite National Park advises visitors that the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) are prohibited within park boundaries due to regulations outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Specifically, the use of drones within the park boundaries is illegal under all circumstances. Thirty Six CFR 2.17(a)(3) states, “delivering or retrieving a person or object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means, except in emergencies involving public safety or serious property loss, or pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit” is illegal. This applies to drones of all shapes and sizes.
The park has experienced an increase in visitors using drones within park boundaries over the last few years. Drones have been witnessed filming climbers ascending climbing routes, filming views above tree-tops, and filming aerial footage of the park. Drones can be extremely noisy, and can impact the natural soundscape. Drones can also impact the wilderness experience for other visitors creating an environment that is not conducive to wilderness travel. The use of drones also interferes with emergency rescue operations and can cause confusion and distraction for rescue personnel and other parties involved in the rescue operation. Additionally, drones can have negative impacts on wildlife nearby the area of use, especially sensitive nesting peregrine falcons on cliff walls.
Visitors traveling to the park should be aware that the use of drones is prohibited while visiting the park and should not be utilized at any time.
For more information about regulations about visiting Yosemite National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/yose.
Find the original press release here: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/news/use-of-unmanned-aircraft-systems-drones-prohibited-in-yosemite-national-park.htm
If you've been following the drone registration saga in the United States, you may remember that in May a Federal Appeals Court struck down the FAA's drone registration requirement.
MoreIf you've been following the drone registration saga in the United States, you may remember that in May a Federal Appeals Court struck down the FAA's drone registration requirement.
The registration requirement, which mandated hobbyists pay $5 and submit their personal information into an FAA database and attach a registration number to their drone, was relatively mild. However it clashed with an existing federal law that prohibited the FAA from enacting new rules regarding model aircrafts.
Specifically, Judge Kavanaugh of the D.C Circuit ruled that the FAA doesn't have the authority to "promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft," and that is exactly what they were doing with their drone registration database.
So the FAA is now offering to refund the $5 paid by people who registered their drones. They also are offering to delete your entry in the registration database, as long as you certify that your drone is being flown strictly for recreational use and will fly "in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines".
If you registered your drone during the introductory period when the FAA waived the $5 fee, you won't be eligible for a refund.
You can see the refund/deletion form here, which needs to be printed, filled out and mailed to the FAA for processing.
Of course the FAA is still encouraging voluntary registration for all drone owners, which over 820,000 people have done since the database was introduced in late 2015.
This isn't the last we'll hear from the FAA on drone oversight. While the FAA isn't allowed to create new rules regarding model aircraft, congress absolutely can.
And since most players in the drone world, including DJI and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International are in favor of a centralized registration database, it's likely congress will soon either implement the a similar rule themselves or rewrite the law that prevented the FAA from doing it themselves.
As reported on Yahoo News:
TechCrunchJuly 8, 2017
Attorney Alan Brown has been invited to join the Litigation Counsel of America as a fellow within society. The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society whose membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent on North American lawyers, judges, and scholars. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.
The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the best in law among membership.
Congratulations Attorney Alan Brown!
Check out this great article on the History of Medical Malpractice posted by the National Trial Lawyers Association!
Infographic: The History of Medical Malpractice
Posted on April 26, 2017 by Larry Bodine
The history of medical malpractice is a lengthy one, spanning from ancient times with the Hippocratic Oath to the numerous reforms in the 20th Century and continuing to today. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins.
The timeline below was created by the folks at Weiss & Paarz to give readers on The National Trial Lawyers an overview of the subject.
“We wanted to give an overall history of medical malpractice and how it relates to the law. That history is a lengthy one, spanning back to Hammurabi and some of the first written law codes. Since then, with so many changes in recent history, we thought it was important to give a historical background. While there are many more events that helped shape modern medical malpractice, these are some of the most influential,” says Naomi Anderson, a member of the marketing team at Weiss & Paarz.
“Medical malpractice is a serious topic that deserves to be treated as such. Nevertheless, we wanted to provide a more accessible way for people of all ages to learn about the history behind it. That is why we chose to go with eye-catching illustrations that entice the viewer to keep reading and keep learning,” Naomi Anderson, a member of the marketing team at Weiss & Paarz.”
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Congratulations to Attorney Trevor Herrera on his admittance to the US Central District Court of California