Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Latest DJI update will limit range of unregistered drones

Latest DJI update will limit range of unregistered drones

The "application activation process" is meant to keep DJI owners from doing stupid or illegal things with their new drone, and probably save DJI some legal liability in the process.

This DJI drone will impress, but only if you register it via the company's site.

The new process is created to ensure that you use a correct set of geospatial information and flight functions for your aircraft as determined by your geographical location and user profile. There you will have to verify your account and then activate the update which brings these changes.

DJI and GoPro both have systems in place that force you to log in to download new firmware before you can use your product. This seems to suggest that the drone will be small enough to maneuver through tight spaces, so like we said the end result could be a somewhat compact drone that could be more portable than some of DJI's other offerings.

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Coming only days after a court found that the Federal Aviation Administration's drone registration program was in breach of federal law, DJI's forced registration program is being pitched as a way for the company to ensure users have "the correct set of geospatial information and flight functions for your aircraft, as determined by your geographical location and user profile". If this activation process is not performed, the aircraft will not have access to the correct geospatial information and flight functions for that region, and its operations will be restricted if you update the upcoming firmware: Live camera streaming will be disabled, and flight will be limited to a 50-meter (164-foot) radius up to 30 meters (98 feet) high.

So, when you're asked to login for your next flight - that's why!

As Engadget reports, the FAA has laid the burden of policing drones on the manufacturers and it looks like DJI is taking a step in that direction.

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