In response to my previous article in which I said Part 107 pilots beware, Skydio is NOT your friend, Skydio’s Chief Marketing Officer, Alberto Farronato, argues that Autonomy is the new opportunity for Part 107 drone operators. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Ask any Uber driver how they view their future employment in light of the advance of self-driving cars. If it’s up to Skydio, Part 107 pilots will go the way of the dinosaurs, and in a few years, the way of the Uber drivers. However, my point here is not to save Uber drivers or Part 107 pilots (although, I have warned you). No, I take issue with the fact that Skydio over-sells, under-delivers, and doesn’t seem to care about regulatory limitations.
This week Drone Deploy has their conference and in one of the presentations, it becomes clear for Part 107 pilots that Skydio is not their friend. Skydio envisions a future without drone pilots and one that is not allowed under the current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) drone regulations.
The Chula Vista Police Department is the first in the nation to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly Skydio 2 drones beyond-visual-line-of-sight.
The spreading coronavirus has impacted many drone manufacturers such as DJI, Autel Robotics, and also Skydio. The latter had stopped the production of the autonomously flying Skydio 2 drone a few months ago. However, today we are happy to report that Skydio has restarted the production of the Skydio 2 drone and the company has started shipping again as there are still many orders to fulfill.
In this video on YouTube, Billy Kyle explains in detail the improvements (or lack thereof) to the Skydio 2 drone with the latest firmware update, version 6.0.38. Some smaller improvements were good, but for the majority of this update, Billy says: “we’re left with an update that doesn’t really do much.”
After a short wait, the Apple app store is a lot more strict and thus slower to approve new apps, it is finally here. A new iOS firmware update (version 6.0.38) for the self-flying Skydio 2 drone. The firmware update promises a few bug fixes under the hood and improvements to the overall flight performance. I have just updated my Skydio 2 just now and will fly it later today to see if I can see a difference in how the drone behaves. If you have already flown yours with the new firmware, let us know what you think in the comments below.
Ware, a San Francisco-based technology company, has launched the first warehouse inventory automation system built on Skydio 2, the world’s smartest drone. Tracking and counting inventory cost-effectively is one of the $1.9 trillion warehousing industry’s greatest challenges. Ware’s product was designed specifically to address this, helping customers increase the accuracy and frequency of their inventory tracking, while simultaneously reducing its cost.