The leading drone manufacturer DJI has been facing difficulties lately. The company has reportedly made significant cuts among its staff. According to several sources, the layoffs will expand to as many as around 14,000 employees.
The Trump administration’s latest round of tariffs applies 15 percent tax on goods imported from China. The decision took effect this Sunday, and in response, DJI has raised prices in the US by roughly 13 percent.
Earlier this year, the BBC aired two shows about drone safety. DJI has formally filed a complaint against the BBC in an open letter, calling them out for “sensationalist” and “biased” program about drones.
Starting from next year, all DJI consumer drones are going to become safer. DJI has announced that it’s adding airplane and helicopter detection to all its drones weighing more than 250g (0.5 lb). This way, the drones will be able to avoid collisions, making the skies safer for everyone.
We’ve seen some… creative ways of knocking down drones out of the sky: from shooting them down to using trained eagles. But a Utah-based company Fortem Technologies is turning the drone against its own kind. It modifies the DJI Matrice 600 and turns into a lean, mean, drone killing machine.
After a recent drone incident at Gatwick Airport, DJI has decided to tighten up its geofencing system and give it a third dimension. The Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) 2.0 geofencing system will be launched across Europe, covering a total of 32 European countries. It creates “bow tie” safety zones around runway flight paths, expanding the restricted zone from a two-dimensional circle to a three-dimensional zone.
In most cases, commercial and personal drones aren’t allowed to fly over crowds of people for safety reasons. You never know when a drone might crash and hurt someone, so it sounds reasonable. However, Indemnis’ drone parachute lets you legally fly drones over small groups of people. It’s the first time a drone parachute receives certification that allows drone operators to fly over crowds.
Venus Optics has launched a new lens for DJI X7 cameras on DJI Inspire 2 drones. Laowa 9mm f/2.8 DL Zero-D is the widest lens yet for these cameras, and the “Zero-D” stands for “zero distortion.” Despite the very wide angle, the lens is designed to reduce the optical distortion to a close-to-zero level.
Drone parachutes are a cool invention that can protect both your drone and people below it in case something unpredictable happens. There are already some solutions on the market, and Fruity Chutes has recently launched the first available drone parachute system for the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom.