If there’s one name that you associate with the consumer drone market, it has to be DJI… perhaps along with Parrot. DJI is a Chinese drone manufacturer, best known for its Phantom series of consumer drones. The rate at which the drone market is expanding, DJI has had the opportunity to explore other segments as well — which explains the DJI Matrice 100 drone.
The Matrice 100 is a drone which is aware of its surroundings, consequently resulting in collision avoidance. This ‘intelligent’ part of the Martice 100 is taken care of by the ‘Guidance’ system, which is the brain behind the drone. Guidance makes the drone aware of its surroundings up to 65 feet away.
What’s cool is that the Guidance kit can be bought separately as well, so you can build your own DIY drone with a collision avoidance system. Guidance uses a couple of sensors — stereo cameras and ultrasonic sensors — to get to know of its surroundings.
Coming back to the Matrice 100, it does up to 40 minutes of flight (which is insane by drone standards), and also features an open SDK, which means tinkerers and developers would be free to develop their own aerial applications with the drone. Engadget notes that a group of Shanghai developers have already created a platform using the Guidance system that detects illegally parked cars.
The Matrice 100 and the Guidance system are up for pre-order at $3299 and $999 respectively… so you have to be super passionate to get one of these, at least for now.