DJI drones to be equipped with local mode without Internet connection

16 August 2017
DJI drones to be equipped with local mode without Internet connection

The company has decided to integrate a confidential flight mode into drones. It will reduce a leak of the vehicle location data on the Internet.

Such an innovation introduction is caused by the fact that the US Army is unready to use DJI drones because of cyberattack risks. The company is going to test the new mode on DJI Go unmanned aerial vehicles this fall.

UAVs won’t be connected to the Internet, allowing to hide data on drone location.

“Local data mode will provide added assurances for customers with heightened data security needs,” the company writes in its blog.

There are some specific aspects regarding the new system integration. It does not allow to watch YouTube broadcasts, update maps, and see forbidden flight areas. On the other hand, users will still be able to get a live video feedback to their mobile device and use various autonomous features.

US memorandum

Recently, the US army has adopted the memorandum, prohibiting DJI’s drones, applications, batteries, and data storage devices. However, after testing of the new local mode, it has promised to remove this ban.


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