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Lower airspace isnt crowded with drones quite yet. But as drones become more pervasive, a startup called AirMap is building software and systems to help drone operators fly only where its safe and legal to do so.
A startup called Exyn Technologies Inc. today revealed AI software that enables drones to fly autonomously, even in dark, obstacle-filled environments or beyond the reaches of GPS. A spin-out of the University of Pennsylvanias GRASP Labs, Exyn uses sensor fusion to give drones situational awareness much like a humans.
In an attempt to better compete with low-cost airlines, major air carriers like American Airlines, Delta and United have been rolling out basiceconomy fares no-frills fares that charge fees for amenities that would otherwise come standard, like seat assignments or the right to use the overhead bin space, for example. But this unbundling has also made it difficult for customers to price the true cost of their trip, which is where the travel app Hopper now aims to help.
Britains tech sector faces a triple whammy hit to its workforce without government action, according to new reports. Firstly, from a critical fall-off in STEM skills in its own population due to lack of funding; secondly, from visa restrictions on the availability of high-skilled specialists from overseas; and, thirdly, from the uncertainty of the impact of Brexit on its highly international tech workforce.
Dutch startup Revue, which offers a tool to create and send your own personal newsletter, is launching a new product today to make it easier to discover other newsletters to subscribe to. Described as a highly curated directory, Revue Discover sees the young company index over 200 of the best non-marketing email newsletters, as picked by its own staff, and made browsable by topic.
The darkart of search engine optimization could be next in line for software-powered automation potentially putting hundreds of thousands of SEO consultants out of a job. At least thats the scenario sketched by RankScience, a YC-backed startup just graduating fromacceleratorswinter 2017 program, whose software-as-a-serviceautomates the process of running thousands of A/B tests in order toidentify which changes will improve the Google ranking of customer webpages in organic search results.
The venture arm of Caterpillar Inc., a majormanufacturer of construction and mining equipment, has invested in San Francisco drone tech startup Airware. Rather than make its own unmanned aerial vehicles, Airware has focused its efforts around providing software and services that help large enterprises use drones throughout their operations.
Reserve, a startup offering table and customer management tools for restaurants, is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding. When the company first launched in 2014, it billed itself as a digital concierge that would make it easier for diners to get reservations at top restaurants.
Commercial drone tech venture PrecisionHawk has a new CEOagain. Red Hat Inc. cofounder Bob Young, who has served as PrecisionHawks CEO since July 2015, is handing over the reins to another veteran of enterprise software, Michael Chasen, a cofounder and former CEO of education tech giant Blackboard Inc. Verizon Ventures, an investment arm of TechCrunchs parent company Verizon Communications Inc., is a stakeholder in PrecisionHawk.