Matrice 100: The Future of Drones

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DJI, the first billion dollar drone company out there, is attempting to take the pilot out of the equation with their newest project, the Matrice 100. The guys at Buy the Best Drone tell us this one of DJI’s most advanced drones for sale. “Learning to fly an advanced level sUAS like the DJI s1000 or DJI Inspire is tricky,” they told us, “even good pilots crash.”

Luckily for developers and businesses looking to utilize the power of aerial photography the Matrice 100 has a fully automated flight process DJI is calling “Guidance.” The obstacle avoidance system integrates into the quadcopter and will help pilots avoid damage to the expensive machine.

Drones that avoid obstacles are nothing new. Drone-makers have been working hard to develop the technology for years. Last year at the Drones for Good competition, which bolstered an impressive $1 million prize, a team of Swiss technologists won with a quadcopter that can safely fly through confined spaces. The technology is definitely needed, as it’s currently too dangerous to fly through close quarters with a piece of equipment that costs over $1,000.

“Guidance” uses ultrasonic sensors and stereo cameras to detect when the sUAS flies too close to any given object. The range is configurable and can reach up to 65 feet, an impressive distance. DJI claims that the sensors are accurate ...

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