From Amazon.com to iron ore mines, drones are on the rise

First it was driverless trucks and trains, now Australia’s biggest mining companies are turning to drones.

With mines, railways and ports sprawling over hundreds of kilometres, unmanned drones are increasingly being used by miners to check equipment, measure ore stockpiles and look after companies’ environmental obligations.

The growing use of drones in industrial settings will go under the microscope at a conference in Perth on Tuesday, where mining companies and aviation regulators meet.