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Skydio, Parrot and other dronemakers approved by Pentagon for military sales

Skydio, Parrot and other dronemakers approved by Pentagon for military sales

Today an article in the Wall Street Journal informs us that five drone makers have been approved by the Pentagon for military sales. Among the approved companies are four U.S drone makers; Skydio Inc., Vantage Robotics, Altavian Inc., and Teal Drones. As expected the fifth one is French drone maker Parrot, that recently launched the ANAFI USA in a controversial marketing campaign.

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CEO Henri Seydoux declares end of Parrot’s consumer drones and offers to show audited software

CEO Henri Seydoux declares end of Parrot's consumer drones and offers to show audited software

Parrot’s co-founder and CEO, Henri Seydouxdeclares the end of Parrot’s consumer drones in an interview that was published earlier this month in Le Parisien. In the same article, Seydoux also offers to show that Parrot’s audited software applications do stand up to scrutiny.

Now, what I’d be interested to know is, did the French security researchers from Synacktiv, who we know worked for DJI’s competitors, work with Parrot directly or indirectly to scrutinizing DJI’s software? And will Parrot, as offered by Seydoux, have their software application reviewed as well by a security researcher to share the findings with the general public, similarly to what DJI did with the KIVU report more than two years ago? I’ll extend this invitation to Autel Robotics as well btw.

As regular readers of DroneXL.co will know, I am not a fan of Parrot’s anti-DJI marketing campaign to promote their new ANAFI USA. And if their CEO, Henri Seydoux is going to make bold claims like he has been doing, then I think he should back them up.

I am curious to hear your thoughts on this. Feel free to share them in the comments below.

My French is a bit rusty but with help from Google, I’ve tried to translate the interview with Parrot’s CEO, Henri Seydoux as best as I could. See below for all the details.

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Parrot announces partnership with AIRT’s Drones

Parrot announces partnership with AIRT’s Drones

Parrot has announced a new partnership with the Miami, Florida-based Airborne International Response Team (AIRT), the leading 501(c)3 non-profit organization supporting Drones For Good™ and the official home of DRONERESPONDERS, the world’s fastest-growing program supporting the use of UAS by public safety and emergency services organizations across the U.S. and around the globe.

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Autel EVO II Dual with thermal camera. A nice alternative to new ANAFI USA

Autel's EVO II Dual with thermal camera. A nice alternative to new ANAFI USA

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.

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Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux falsely accuses DJI during ANAFI USA presentation

Parrot's founder Henri Seydoux digs into DJI's data security issues

During the presentation of the ANAFI USA, Parrot’s founder and CEO, Henri Seydoux falsely accuses DJI of silently removing some software from the DJI Go app that would feed into a Chinese data intelligence platform. Not only is this a cheap shot, but he got his facts wrong according to DJI. See below for all the details and the response from DJI.

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