DJI To World: Give Us Your Details Or We Cripple Your Drone

If you own a DJI drone, you’ll want to pay attention to this. Various media outlets including The Verge are reporting that unless you register your drone with the company, the drone will get crippled:

Failure to register with DJI means the drone will have a height limit of 98 feet (30 meters), a radius of 164 feet (50 meters), and the live video feed will be disabled. “This new step, to take effect at the end of next week, ensures you will use the correct set of geospatial information and flight functions for your aircraft, as determined by your geographical location and user profile,” the company writes. The change applies internationally.

You can see the full statement on the company’s website here.

This seems to be part of a “cover your rear end” exercise for DJI. I say that because according to The Register, the company basically made their products non-functional in Syria and Iraq. Presumably in the interest of keeping people from using them as weapons. And likely at the request of countries who have an interest in making sure that doesn’t happen. Plus many countries including EU member states are pushing for registration of drone pilots. That way if anyone does anything stupid such as fly a drone next to an aircraft, the cops can instantly hunt the perps down. The US is looking to do something similar, but their attempt didn’t exactly go to plan. In Canada, some new rules have been proposed that sound….. Interesting shall we say. I can’t really fault DJI for doing this as they have to make sure that they can still make a buck. But I am going to guess that drone pilots won’t be too thrilled.

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