Back in August, we wrote that the new Mavic 3 would be delayed ‘until Trump is gone,’ based on information from inside the drone maker. Now, we have learned that even if President Trump leaves the office, the new Mavic 3 is unlikely to be released before the summer of 2021. Why? Well, keep reading.
New Mavic 3 unlikely to be released before the summer of 2021
When we wrote that the new Mavic 3 would be delayed ‘until Trump is gone,’ DJI responded with the following:
“There have been no plans to launch such a product this summer, and we do most certainly not schedule or reschedule product releases according to political events, in the US or elsewhere in the world.”
At the time, we said that it seemed unlikely for a drone maker that sells so many of its products in the U.S. to not factor in changes in the political climate.
Today, however, we have learned that there is another reason that causes DJI to move slowly when it comes to the introduction of the Mavic 3 drone.
Upcoming changes in drone regulations have caused DJI to delay all development work on the Mavic 3. The most important piece of the regulatory puzzle is Remote ID for Drones, the details of which should be finalized by the end of this year, according to Administrator Steve Dickson from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
From our source:
DJI will NOT release the M3 until the FAA finalized their regulations. In fact, DJI actually stopped all engineering on the M3 BEFORE it was production-ready with final prototypes in case they had to retool for a broadcast signal. So even once DJI decides they are a go, they STILL have at least 4-6 months of development.
Only when DJI knows the exact specifications and requirements of Remote ID for Drones, they will go forward with the development, production, and launch of this eagerly awaited drone.
This means that if the FAA finalizes Remote ID for Drones by the end of 2020, we are very likely at least another six months away from a product launch. so, unfortunately, we do not expect to see a new DJI Mavic 3 until sometime next summer.
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