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DJI makes drone safety improvements

BBC Technology 12 Feb 2019 02:10
DJI Spark droneImage copyright DJI

Drone-maker DJI is improving the technology that prevents them being flown near airports.

The changes come after drones disrupted flights from the UK's Gatwick airport in December.

A more sophisticated geo-fencing system will create a 3D no-go zone surrounding runway flight paths and other sensitive facilities.

This improves on the simple circular structures previously used to block such areas.

The new system will apply in the 13 European countries covered by DJI's original geo-fencing system and 19 countries that previously did not have the safeguards.

The system better reflected the actual safety risks posed near airports as well as allowing more flexibility to fly drones in nearby areas, the company said.

Image copyright DJI

Temporary flight restrictions will also be included in the revamp, which can be imposed during major events or natural disasters.

"Introducing state-of-the-art safety features in even more countries will help the general public and drone operators alike."

The changes will be phased in from later this month and customers should update their flight control app and the aircraft software in order to receive the updates.

The system uses GPS and other navigational satellite signals to prevent drones from flying near these sensitive locations or high-profile events.

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