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Japanese drone delivery services take giant leap

Mar 16, 2017, 8:01 AM EDT
(Source: PIVISO/flickr)
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Rakuten, a Japanese e-commerce company has teamed up with a U.S.-based drone airspace management platform provider, AirMap, for a joint venture aimed at creating Unmanned Traffic Management (U.T.M.) solutions for drone operators and airspace managers in the Asian country.

With commercial drone delivery industry set to flourish in coming years, the two companies seek to build a robust, automated system for managing aerial traffic in low altitude airspace so as to avoid mid-air collisions and ensure safety, writes ZD Net.

The platform would facilitate real-time communication among operators and managers in addition to automating permission grants for flights. AirMap, which recently raised $26 million of funding led by Microsoft Ventures, pursues programs that would one day manage a variety of autonomous, aerial vehicles, including flying cars, as they hover across the skies, notes The Verge.

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