Drone Leader Launches Drone ‘License Plates’
DJI aims to increase drone safety, security, success
DJI has developed two new systems to help ensure drones remain a safe, secure and beneficial addition to America’s airspace.
DJI’s new AeroScope system acts like an “electronic license plate for drones” and is intended to provide a reliable way for authorities to identify and monitor airborne drones. DJI’s new Knowledge Quiz is developed to ensure new drone pilots understand safe flight rules by requiring them to pass a safety test before flying.
“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,” says 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.”
DJI says it is committed 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.
DJI AeroScope uses the existing communications radio transmission between a drone and its remote controller to enable authorities in responding to drones flying near sensitive locations such as airports or prisons, as well as to complaints about drones in other areas. Drones can transmit their location, altitude, speed, direction, takeoff location, operator location and an identifier such as a registration or serial number to any AeroScope receiver within radio range.
“AeroScope is designed to meet authorities’ legitimate needs concerning safety, security and privacy while also respecting the rights of people and businesses who use drones,” Schulman says. “DJI’s solution provides the information authorities need, while ensuring that flight data is only collected on the small number of drone flights that could raise concerns.”
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 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.
Aviation authorities worldwide agree that educating drone pilots is the best way to enhance safety. DJI has responded by bringing safety education to drone pilots’ hands. The new DJI Knowledge Quiz will require drone pilots to correctly answer a series of basic questions about safe drone use before their first flights. The questions will appear in DJI GO 4, DJI’s main flight app, which runs on smartphones and tablets connected to drone remote controllers.
“The evidence shows the overwhelming majority of drone pilots fly safely and responsibly, thanks in part to a robust education effort led by aviation authorities as well as drone manufacturers and industry groups,” says Jon Resnick, DJI policy lead. “DJI sees the Knowledge Quiz as an extension of this effort, helping ensure drone pilots know basic safety rules. We are grateful to have collaborated with the FAA in designing the quiz to ensure pilots fly safely.”
In its U.S. implementation, all DJI pilots will be presented with a list of nine questions and must correctly answer all of them in order to be able to fly. Pilots can continue answering new questions until they successfully pass the Knowledge Quiz.
DJI develops drone and camera technology for personal and professional use. DJI was founded and is run by people with a passion for remote-controlled helicopters and experts in flight-control technology and camera stabilization. The company is dedicated to making aerial photography and filmmaking equipment and platforms more accessible, reliable and easier to use for creators and innovators around the world. DJI’s global operations currently span across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Its products and solutions have been chosen by customers in more than 100 countries for applications in filmmaking, construction, emergency response, agriculture and conservation.