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Google`s Alphabet gets first FAA clearance for drone transportation

Your next burrito can be delivered by a drone. Google`s drone delivery service gets a “thumbs up” from FAA, and that means they can start delivering food and drinks to households. Right in front of your door.

Earlier this month, Wing, which is one of the many companies belonging to the tech giant Alphabet (Google), got a “thumbs up” from CASA in Australia. The company has been making trial deliveries by drones for the last year and a half in Canberra without making any mistakes.

CASA gave its approval after testing the safety of the drones, its traffic management system, maintenance, the drone pilot training and operational plans. «There are no risks to pedestrians, real estate or other aircraft,» the test concluded.

This is good for businesses because the cost of the delivery will be dramatically reduced. Google is first on the market but others will follow very soon. Amazon will come. So will Lyft, Uber, UPS and FedEx to name a few. The Game of Drones in on.

The transportation of goods has also added to the increase of CO2 gases emitted into the atmosphere. In the U.S alone, 27% of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation.

Project Wing is an autonomous delivery drone service aiming to increase access to goods, reduce traffic congestion in cities, and help ease the CO2 emissions attributable to the transportation of goods.

Wing is also developing an unmanned traffic management platform that will allow unmanned aircraft to navigate around other drones, manned aircraft, and other obstacles like trees, buildings and power lines.

Light energy-efficient design enables the drones to fly up to 120 km/h, driven entirely by an all-electric power system with zero carbon emissions.

Wing has conducted tens of thousands of test flights both in the U.S and in Australia over the past six years. The team learned that integration into emergency medical services was it own huge task. Developing safe and reliable drone technology was a challenge unto itself.

So, they hones their focus on redesigning the system to transport small packages, across many everyday situations, where the speed of delivery was a significant factor. In 2016, the team delivered burritos to students at Virginia Tech in what was, at the time, the largest and longest drone delivery test on U.S soil.

Food is a great test case for drone delivery technology because it`s fragile and temperature sensitive and therefore needs to be delivered quickly and carefully.

Wing is developing a new method of transporting goods thats faster, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly that whats possible today on the ground. The Game of drones is on.

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Drone high-growth industry

FedEx, UPS and DHL to name a few are very silent when it comes to drones, while their coming competitors aren`t. I assume they all have busy days with packages from Amazon, but it will be a game changer when Amazon starts with their own drone business.

Not only Amazon are planning to deliver their packages with drones. Alphabet and Wal-Mart two other big companies that is planning to deliver packages via drones and that will happen sooner than we like to know.

FAA regulations are expected to open the up the market for commercial drone operations within 2017. The drone business will create more than 100 000 jobs in the next ten years and it is expected to see an $82 billion impact on the economy.

Other companies in the drone business is AeroVironment, GoPro, Boeing, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Intel, IXYS and Facebook to name a few.

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AeroVironment Inc is engaged in the design, develop, produce, support and operate a technological portfolio of products and services. It supplies unmanned aircraft systems, UAS tactical missile systems and related services within the US DoD.

They are well positioned in a high growth industry and the company will gain from the UAS market in the future. AeroVironment is one of the few companies in the promising small-scale UAS business, and the growing application of drone technology will give them a great opportunity.

Ambarella is nearly four times bigger than AeroVironment, but AeroVironment`s UAS technology is limited to defense and warefare. They benefited from the growth of technologies like predator drones and tactical missile systems, and their UAS technology can give them a great opportunity in the commercial sector.

Cost for consumer or commercial purposes is from $500 to $5,000, and some of the professional equipment could cost between $20,000 to $50,000.

Oil and gas companies can use the drones for inspections. So do mining companies for surveying and mapping. Hospitals and Insurance companies are other interested groups. German-based Spectair Group is heavily involved in the drone manufacturing business and they have three brands; Spectair Services, Flairics and Height-Tech.

GoPro has their own wearable cameras and the cost for their commercial drones is between $500 and $1000. In addition, we have Matternet, which is headquartered in Silicon Valley and Dajiang Innovation Technology, based in Shenzen, China.

The potential is huge.

 

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Amazon revealed its new drone while online shopping is increasing

We can see a clear picture here. The busiest day of the year, Black Friday is declining while online retailers see sales are jumping. Black Friday sales fall nearly 11% from last year. How is it gonna be today; on Cyber Monday?

Some shops starts the sale the day before Black Friday and that can be a reason, but if you look at Thanksgiving, it also dropped this year by nearly 11%. Other retailers are offering bargains long before Thanksgiving and that can be another reason to the decline.

The biggest reason I think, is the increased online shopping which jumped 14,3% on Friday from last year. Many people doesn`t want to participate in the wild shopping crowds and prefer rather to shop online than in stores.

It`s Cyber Monday today and the term was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. I wrote about both Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2013, but nobody knew what it was. Now, many knows what Black Friday is but still today no one know what Cyber Monday is.

It`s probably to early for people in Europe. Cyber Monday made its debut on November 28, 2005, and quickly became one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. The trend is driving serious online discounts and promotions on Cyber Monday.

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday means busy days for Amazon that revealed the latest prototype of drones.

 

 

Amazon are planning to deliver packages in under 30 minutes. The new drones weigh 55 pounds and can deliver packages weighing up to 5 pounds. Amazon has many prototypes, and they are ready to launch the service once the company has the «regulatory support.»

Google revealed that it wants to launch a drone service in 2017, while Walmart said they are now starting drone testing.

What about FedEx, UPS and DHL?

 

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GoPro after the bell tonight

GoPro is set to announce the results of its holiday quarter after the bell tonight, thursday 5th, 2015. What can we expect from the action-camera maker this time?

GoPro peaked at $98,47 in September last year and have been falling since the correction. Just like Twitter. The stock is down 46,6% and about 14 million shares were shorted as of Jan 15.

Citi has cut its GoPro target to $59 from $94. The stock is trading at $52,56 right now. Shorters have flocked to the equity with about 29% of GoPro`s float sold short. Also two-thirds of covering analysts rate the stock a «hold» or worse. 12-month price target consensus is $79. That`s 54,1% premium to current trading levels.

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GoPro equities is down, recently hit by Apple`s new action-camera patent. Despite the negative cuts and short interests right now, the success of GoPro`s hardware business remains robust.

Last quarter GoPro came in with an earnings per share of $0,69. A growth of about 55%. Consensus from the Wall Street for earnings and revenue is $0,70 per share and $580,3 million. The stock jumped 13% last time when they released a stong guidance for fourth quarter sales of $550 to $580 million.

I wrote about GoPro before their IPO last summer, and when they went public they said that GoPro is a «media» company. What? A media company? Yes, they said so, but I don`t think they are there yet. They do not have any income from that segment, but I am exited about their new report. I will look for some news on this case.

No doubt that YouTube will help the user engagement. So will partnership with NHL, a GoPro channel on Virgin America in-flight entertainment, and channels like LG smart TV`s and Xbox platform. All of they will contribute.

GoPro is developing new consumer drones and this is probably here their R&D is spent? They have doubled their R&D to $42,4 million. The drone market is growing and sales in this market is expected to double to $11,5 billion in the next decade, and that can boost the GoPro shares.

GoPro shouldn`t be afraid of Apple right now. Apple want to reach out to the mainstream market with they products, and those action-camera`s is not there now. Nor GoPro is there right now. Maybe those action-camera`s will never be a mainstream product?

I think the reason for that is many, but price can be one of them. Spending thousands on this action-camera is probably not something for the average consumer and so far it seems like this is mainly something for the pro athletes and other extreme-sports enthusiasts.

One of the most shorted stocks will reports earnings after the bell tonight. Any surprise tonight?

 


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