DJI, World’s Largest Drone Maker, Faces US Fears of Security Threat

DJI, the world’s largest drone maker and supplier, is facing fears of the US government that its drones pose a security threat to its airspace. Late last month, the US Department of the Interior (DOI) grounded almost its entire fleet of drones, save for drones used for emergencies.

DJI Mavic Pro
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According to a news report by Fortune, the Department of the Interior (DOI) grounded nearly its entire fleet of drones fearing the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which are mostly made in China, might pose a threat to U.S. national security. […]U.S. lawmakers have been lobbying government departments, to abandon Chinese made drones, fearing the UAVs could be sending data—such as images and geofence locations—to the Chinese government. – Read more here.

DJI said it was disappointed to learn about this latest move by the DOI.

“We are aware the Department of Interior is conducting a review to assess its entire drone program and are disappointed to learn of this development,” said a China-based spokeswoman for DJI on Thursday. “As the leader in commercial drone technology, we have worked with the Department of Interior to create safe and secure drone technology that meets their rigorous requirements, which was developed over the course of 15 months with DOI officials, independent cybersecurity assessments, and experts at Nasa.” – Read more.

Meanwhile, DJI continues to soar higher despite this setback. The Shenzhen-based company recently came out with another tiny drone, the Mavic Mini.

DJI just announced the Mavic Mini, an entry-level drone that’s designed for anybody and everybody. It’s essentially a smaller and cheaper version of DJI’s other foldable drones, like the Mavic Pro, Mavic Air and Mavic 2. The Mavic Mini costs $399 and it’s available for preorder right now. Shipping will begin on November 11. – Read more of this article here.

The Mavic Mini, touted as a “tiny, powerful, perfect drone for anyone” and according to this TechCrunch review too, it’s a game changer.

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