Forget a bird's eye view - this is a drone's eye view. This might be the way low-cost airline easyJet inspects its planes in future. It's developing drones which can be programmed to scan and assess any damage on the outside of aircraft, caused by lightning strikes, or birds. It's all about making maintenance more efficient and getting planes back into service faster, says Ian Davies, the airline's Head of Engineering. Video by Reuters/AOL. EasyJet is also looking at augmented reality for remote support of mechanics. See the press release.
A gathering of the European OpenStreetMap communit, State of the Map Europe, took place in Karlsruhe, Germany in June. Hundreds of attendees met to discuss various aspect of the project. Ed Freyfogle details how OpenStreetMap (OSM) has come a long way.