All DJI Drones By 2020 Will Feature Aircraft & Helicopter Detection Technology
Starting in 2020 all DJI drones will feature a new technology DJI is calling AirSense allowing the drones to detect nearby aircraft and helicopters.
AirSense uses several sensors to receive the Automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) which planes and helicopters currently send out. The US government has issued a mandated that all aircraft flying through many controlled airspaces much have this feature in place by January 1st, 2020.
If a drone pilot is flying and AirSense detects a nearby aircraft or helicopter, the drone pilot will receive a notification on their controller. The drone will not automatically move to avoid them, though that is up to the drone pilot themselves.
Currently, DJI is already shipping their Matrice 200 and Mavic 2 Enterprise drones with this AirSense technology built in.
Its a big one by DJI to include this technology on all future drones starting in 2020, but one that's sure to be applauded by the aviation industry. In the past few years, many pilots have found drones to be a nuisance and security risk while flying. Drones have even been liked to shutting down airports around the world because they were flying too close to the runways.
AirSense is a great step in the right direction, but it seems like the next step is for the drone to detect better where these signals are coming from and take the appropriate action to avoid hitting a large aircraft.