On Monday, an Autel Evo I drone was donated to the East Great Plain Volunteer Fire Department in Norwich, CT. The drone was donated by Autel Robotics and FoxFury Lighting to the National Public Safety Drone Donation Program, which in turn donated the equipment to the fire department.
Update: an earlier version of this article referred to an Autel EVO II, whereas it is an Autel EVO I instead.
It seems there is a trend developing. First of all FreeFly Systems with their US-made drones and a new one coming! Then, of course, Skydio with their Skydio R1, then S2 and X2 drones also made in the USA. Thirdly, Parrot with its ANAFI USA assembled here in the Northeast. And, now Autel Robotics with its Made-in-USA (with foreign and domestic parts and labor) EVO II Dual Bundles. I’m not sure why they point out ‘foreign parts’ because Parrot and Skydio drones also contain foreign parts. In the name of transparency, I suppose. Anyway, here’s the latest drone news!
Good morning! Here’s the next step in the ongoing trade war between the United States and China. The Trump administration said on Wednesday that it is stepping up efforts to purge ‘untrusted’ Chinese apps from U.S. digital networks, according to Reuters. TikTok and WeChat were labeled as ‘significant threats.” These steps will likely affect the DJI and Autel apps that you can find in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store as well.
The three ‘entry’ model drones with thermal cameras are the newly launched Parrot ANAFI USA, the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, and the Autel EVO II Dual. Today, Kerry Garrison from Multicopter Warehouse and who is a DJI and Autel dealer in Colorado, explains the specs, advantages, and disadvantages of the new Autel EVO II Dual in a well-made and detailed video review. Check it out!
If Parrot’s marketing campaign, which included falsely accusing DJI and taking stabs at Chinese-made drones in general, left you with a foul taste in your mouth, but you are in the market for a thermal drone, you might want to consider the M2ED or the Autel EVO II Dual. Check out the performance of this drone in high winds as well as its thermal capabilities.
According to a notice on the U.S. International Trade Commission website, the agency will review the trade judge’s findings from March over the obstacle avoidance (’174 patent), the propeller locking mechanism (’184 patent) and the battery clamp (’013 patent) dispute between DJI and Autel Robotics again. The target date for completing the investigation is August 10, 2020.
Breaking news: DJI just scored a big win in the patent dispute with Autel Robotics. In a news update on the website from Finnegan, the law firm that represents DJI in this matter, it was announced that:
The Commission is unlikely to enforce any exclusion order or cease-and-desist order based on the three invalid patents. DJI’s sales in the U.S., therefore, will not be affected by Autel’s claims.
This must be very welcome news for DJI as it first seemed that the drone maker had lost the case versus Autel on at least US Patent No. 9, 260,184, which seems to have affected the propeller mount design of the DJI Mavic 2 Air.
Steptoe has secured a significant trial victory for Autel Robotics USA at the US International Trade Commission (ITC). On March 2, the chief administrative law judge of the ITC found that SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd. and seven related entities (together known as “DJI”), the world’s largest maker of consumer drones, violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, by importing and selling drones that infringe US Patent No. 9, 260,184 belonging to Autel.
In an official announcement from Autel Robotics, the company informs us that the Autel EVO II will be available in the week of April 20th, 2020. You will be able to buy the drone at official Autel resellers, such as Amazon. Or, as some of you did already, you can buy it online directly from Autel.