DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 back in stock after production hiatus

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 back in stock after production hiatus

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is back. The popular drone was discontinued in March 2019. At the time, DJI posted a note on its site saying, “The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is no longer in production. For the latest in DJI technology, please view our product recommendations below.” The drone maker was primarily redirecting people to the DJI Mavic 2 Pro instead. But today, DJI sent out a note to customers announcing that the Phantom 4 V Pro V2.0 is back in stock. At the time, the news about DJI discontinuing the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 drone caused speculation that DJI could introduce a Phantom 5 model. Others speculated that there was no Phantom 5 drone in the immediate pipeline, but rather that DJI was experiencing supplier problems (a tweet from DJI’s Support Twitter account last year indicated that a shortage of parts made it impossible to manufacture more of that specific model). Hi Josh, due to a shortage of parts from a supplier, DJI is unable to manufacture more Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 drones until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. 1/2 — DJI Support (@DJISupport) March 13, 2019 The original Phantom 4 drone launched in March 2016. DJI quickly rolled out the Phantom 4 Pro the same year in November. That drone was a vast improvement upon the already groundbreaking Phantom 4 drone by adding the ability to sense obstacles not only in front, but also behind and on both sides of it.

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Commercial Drones FM Podcast: Impossible Aerospace

Commercial Drones FM just published a Podcast featuring Impossible Aerospace where Ian talks with Keenan Johnson at AUVSI last year in Chicago. As background, Impossible Aerospace is a US startup based on the west coast that manufactures an all-electric, high-endurance multirotor drone marketing as the US-1.  The drone platform is marketed mainly towards first responders—law […] The post Commercial Drones FM Podcast: Impossible Aerospace appeared first on DRONELIFE. Commercial Drones FM just published a Podcast featuring Impossible Aerospace where Ian talks with Keenan Johnson at AUVSI last year in Chicago. As background, Impossible Aerospace is a US startup based on the west coast that manufactures an all-electric, high-endurance multirotor drone marketing as the US-1.  The drone platform is marketed mainly towards first responders—law The post Commercial Drones FM Podcast: Impossible Aerospace appeared first on DRONELIFE. Read More

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DJI-funded Livox marks leap for self-driving cars with two new, low-cost Lidar sensors

DJI-funded Livox marks leap for self-driving cars with two new, low-cost Lidar sensors

Most people think of DJI as a drone company. But the company that rose to fame for its ready-to-fly Phantom drones could soon rule the world of tons of other autonomous, sensor-driven technologies — and that includes self-driving cars. DJI is sharing its stage at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with Livox, an independent, sensor-technology company backed by DJI. And this week, Livox is launching two new lidar sensors, the Horizon and Tele-15, both of which introduce a new scanning method that DJI says will deliver better sensing performance at a fraction of the cost of traditional lidar units. And one of them costs less than $1,000. What will those sensors be used for? Primarily self-driving cars. Livox says its new sensors deliver not just better performance, but are more compact in size, which could be a game-changer for autonomous driving technology. “By making lidar easier and more affordable to integrate into products and applications, Livox sensors will enable new innovations across a broad range of applications from autonomous driving to smart cities, mapping, mobile robotics and more,” DJI said in a prepared statement. What is Lidar? Lidar is a fairly new technology that uses high-precision lasers to create high-resolution, 3D images of landscapes. It has proved to be an important component of enterprise drone operations, allowing surveyors to quickly produce aerial scans of the land to create 3D images. Since lidar can penetrate through light cover and is more accurate than other mapping methods like photogrammetry,

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All the drone CES 2020 news you should expect

All the drone CES 2020 news you should expect

The 2020 Consumer Electronics Show kicks off this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. And you can expect, as always, a plethora of drone product launches, industry expert discussions and more. As always, the event is going to be huge. Last year’s show featured about 4,500 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 180,000 attendees. Here are all the drone CES 2020 nuggets you should be watching out for this week: DJI debuted its DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone during CES 2019. Expect DJI’s presence to be big, again DJI will return for its sixth year to CES. Last year, the drone giant used the show to release a new controller for the Mavic 2. This year, DJI will be showcasing its new Mavic Mini, plus the Osmo Action, Osmo Mobile 3, Ronin-SC as well as the Phantom 4 Pro V2. And who knows? You can probably expect another big announcement dropping later from DJI this year. Stay tuned to The Drone Girl as we’ll be watching for it. You can find the DJI booth, including a flight cage, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the South Hall 2, #26402. One more reason to show up: attendees at the DJI booth can enter to win a daily raffle with prizes including Mavic Mini, Osmo Action and Osmo Pocket. See Doosan’s hydrogen fuel cell powerpack for drones New to CES this year: a drone that can fly for two hours, and charge in just 10 minutes. Doosan

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2020 Drone Industry Predictions: Experts Weigh In – and Disagree

2019 was a year of change and progress for the drone industry.  What comes next – more consolidation and an industry slow down, or more exciting innovation and industry expansion?  We asked some of the industry’s leading voices for their 2020 predictions. DRONELIFE asked participants to comment on 3 important questions- and the variety of […] The post 2020 Drone Industry Predictions: Experts Weigh In – and Disagree appeared first on DRONELIFE. 2019 was a year of change and progress for the drone industry.  What comes next – more consolidation and an industry slow down, or more exciting innovation and industry expansion?  We asked some of the industry’s leading voices for their 2020 predictions. DRONELIFE asked participants to comment on 3 important questions- and the variety of The post 2020 Drone Industry Predictions: Experts Weigh In – and Disagree appeared first on DRONELIFE. Read More

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