DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, demonstrated the new DJI Knowledge Quiz, and AeroScope Systems, at an event in Washington, D.C. this past Wednesday. These important new systems are aimed to ensure drones remain a safe, secure and beneficial addition to America’s airspace.
The DJI Knowledge Quiz helps ensure new drone pilots understand safe flight rules by requiring them to pass a safety test before flying. AeroScope was released in early October, and acts like an “electronic license plate for drones”, providing a reliable way for authorities to identify and monitor airborne drones.
This stream of data functions as an electronic license plate for drones and real-time information about its flight is displayed on the AeroScope receiver. This function works with DJI drones, which comprise the majority of the market, and can also work with other manufacturers’ drones without any hardware modifications. Authorities can use this information to detect the presence of a drone, determine which drones merit further attention, and investigate drone operations that raise concerns.
The purpose of the demonstration was to highlight how industry, government, and drone pilots can work together to address the safety, security and privacy questions regarding drones. According to the companies official release, a panel of experts representing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), airport operators and safety researchers discussed collaborative strategies for managing new concerns created by widespread drone use, while allowing society to reap the full benefits of the technology.
“There are more than twice as many drones as traditional aircraft in America today, and we believe technology and education are the best tools to maintain and improve their admirable safety record as the number of drones continues to grow,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs. “DJI’s new solutions put that belief into action, providing authorities with a way to identify drones in sensitive locations, and providing drone pilots a way to show they understand how to fly safely. We are excited to demonstrate these new systems and how they will make drones work better for everyone.”
All these steps build on DJI’s commitment to improving drone safety by developing innovative systems in consultation with regulators and other government officials. Rather than relying on regulatory restrictions alone, this collaborative process has encouraged the rapid adoption of beneficial safety technology for everyone.