Autel announces EVO II V2 drones with increased transmission
Apparently, the global chip crisis has forced Autel Robotics to make changes to its products and supply chain. The company announced that a new EVO II Version 2, Smart Controllers, and Live Deck will be made available in the next few months. Because of different chipsets used in the V2, the Version 1 aircraft will not work with Version 2 controllers and vice versa. Batteries will be interchangeable between the V1 and V2 unmanned aircraft.
Here’s the message from Autel’s new CEO Randall Warnass that was shared with DroneXL on social media.
In order to stay true to Autel Robotics’ commitment to transparency, this notice is to inform you of a few changes coming as a result of the well-documented global chip shortage.
Due to the shortage, we will be unable to produce more of the current version of our EVO II platforms, Smart Controllers, and Live Deck. As a result, we will be releasing a second version of these platforms in the upcoming months. Unfortunately, this means Version 1 aircraft will not work with Version 2 controllers and vice versa, although batteries will remain cross-compatible.
Though brought on by necessity, this change gives us an opportunity to improve on our product. The new version will provide increased transmission stability, significantly enhancing the user experience. It will also enable us to create a more sustainable supply chain so we can continue to get our tools into the hands of those who rely on them.
With this new development in mind, only a limited number of Version 1 Smart Controllers will be manufactured. These will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. If you have any further questions, please reach out to our team at [email protected].
Thank you for your support and understanding. We will do our best to remedy the situation as quickly as possible.
CEO Autel Robotics
An image of the original message can be viewed below.
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