DJI Mavic 2 drones add multi-sided obstacle sensors

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

DJI has announced its first consumer drones to feature obstacle-detecting sensors on all sides of their bodies.

The Mavic 2 aircraft use 10 sensors to prevent collisions with objects above and below them, as well as threats in front or behind and to their left or right.

The foldable aircraft also offer improved cameras over their predecessors, including a zoom lens in one and better color via the other.

The Chinese company had originally planned to launch the products in July and its decision to postpone came too late to prevent many of the details being printed in retailer Argos’s catalog.

“It also faces competition from two other models whose rotor blades can also be tucked away when not in use – Yulee’s Mantis Q and Parrot’s Naïf,” BBC reports.

However, GoPro announced earlier this year that it would not sell a successor to its foldable Karma drone, which competed with the original Mavic models.

Shenzhen-based DJI has a 74% share of the global drone market, according to data released by the analysis company Skylogic earlier this month.

Safety concerns play a part in limiting demand, with no-fly zones imposed over many built-up areas and parks.

“Airspace restrictions are the number one complaint that people have about their drones,” commented Skylogic’s chief executive Colin Snow.

“But in the US we are making improvements – the aviation authorities understand the issue.”

The UK is among countries currently considering requiring owners to register their models and pass a test before using them, as well as the possibility of a minimum age.