The first drone story is about the hover bike by a Russian drone start-up called Hoversurf.
Named the Scorpion-3, the electric-powered hoverbike is capable of lifting itself and a driver into the air. It combines a traditional motorcycle design with quadcopter technology, allowing both professionals and amateurs to easily control and maneuver the vehicle.
The Quadcopter propellers are exposed which could be very painful for the rider if he fell, even if he is wearing leathers and a helmet. Maybe the next version will include propeller guards.
Hoversurf wants to position the Scorpion-3 for extreme sports, if fact creating a new extreme biking sport.
Flame Throwing Drone
The next story is the Chinese flame throwing drone burning debris of power lines. Drones have been used for inspecting power lines for a while, but this is a new innovation. In the video there are lots of excited Chinese pyrotechnic men chatting away.
Safety and regulation are high priorities and hurdles in the west, but in China they seem a lot more relaxed. Watch the video to the end to see the pilots from electric power maintenance company in Xiangyang, casually landing the drone.
Amazon must wish they could launch Amazon Prime Air in China, along with Amazon Prime which was rolled out to the Chinese in December 2016.
When you look at the Chinese and Indian attitude towards drones, We would not be surprised if Amazon do not start drone delivery flights in one of these two continents before Europe.
However the 2016 report from PwC projected that the global drone industry will be worth a staggering $127 billion by 2020. The EU (including Britain) and US are widely acknowledged as being the two biggest potential markets for commercial drones.
These two stories this week show how technology and innovation is embracing the drone industry and developing potential new drone services.
Roy Horton writes for Drone Photography services about Drone Photography.