Latest in 3dr

Image credit:

3DR's Solo drone can update no-fly zones in real time

41 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Now that drones are everywhere, pilots keep blundering into no-fly zones, threatening people and airliners alike. Most of the time these are simple mistakes, so drone-maker 3DR has launched a new venture with a company called AirMap to help pilots out. AirMap shows not only restricted areas around large and small airports, but also temporary flight restrictions (TFR) areas like wildfires, public events or visits from the President. 3DR incorporated these maps into its Solo UAV (above), so that if you open the app in a restricted area, you'll see a yellow "warning" or red "don't fly" circle.

DJI also helps Phantom pilots avoid restricted no-fly zones, but its system appears to work differently. Unlike 3DR's AirMap-enabled app, DJI only shows permanently restricted zones, like airports -- it doesn't constantly update temporary no-go areas. Also, Phantom drones won't even take off in "red zones" due to software lock-offs, whereas 3DR's AirMap system is strictly informational.

Either way, the use of centralized airspace restriction databases makes sense for the industry as a whole, so don't be surprised to see wider adoption. 3DR said it will deliver the maps in time for Christmas with basic info about restrictions, but promised that "with future updates, the Solo smart drone app will display more detailed and nuanced airspace information."

In this article: 3DR, AirMap, Airports, Drones, NoFlyZones, TFR, UAVs
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
41 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Uber will restrict NYC drivers' access to app due to new regulations

Uber will restrict NYC drivers' access to app due to new regulations

View
GNU founder Richard Stallman resigns from MIT, Free Software Foundation

GNU founder Richard Stallman resigns from MIT, Free Software Foundation

View
 FCC approves first commercial use of 3.5GHz band

FCC approves first commercial use of 3.5GHz band

View
What's on TV: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'

What's on TV: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'

View
Russia reportedly breached encrypted FBI comms in 2010

Russia reportedly breached encrypted FBI comms in 2010

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr