Drone Maker DJI Rolls Again Buggy Replace That Restricted D.C. Flights Following White Home Crash

Drone Maker DJI Rolls Back Buggy Update That Restricted D.C. Flights Following White House Crash

DJI, the maker of the drone which crashed on the White Home garden final month, is rolling again the software program replace that was designed to stop flights over a lot of Washington D.C., citing “a small variety of reported points” with the software program obtain. The replace was pushed out pretty shortly after the nationwide safety incident, and used geo-fencing to stop drones from taking off inside restricted flight zones, and flying across the Washington D.C. metropolitan space.

The software program, which was launched for the corporate’s Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Imaginative and prescient and Phantom 2 Imaginative and prescient+ drones, added a “no-fly” zone that was centered on Washington D.C. after which prolonged for a 15.5 million radius in all instructions. It disabled Phantom pilots from with the ability to each take off and fly within the restricted airspace.

DJI stated on the time that the restriction was a part of its plan to broaden its No Fly Zone system that prohibits drone flights close to airports and different places the place flying is restricted by native authorities. This consists of the over 10,000 airports registered with the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation, the corporate famous. It’s additionally planning an replace that may forestall flying over nationwide borders – a response to information of the drone present in Tijuana, Mexico which was meant to hold medicine over the U.S. border.

This most up-to-date replace is being pulled “proactively,” says DJI in an announcement posted to its web site this morning, in addition to on Twitter yesterday. The corporate is now asking customers who’ve already up to date to the brand new Phantom firmware (model three.10) to reset their firmware to the prior model (three.08) instantly. Those that haven’t but up to date are additionally being requested to carry off on the improve and do nothing.

It’s potential that in mild of the incident on the White Home, DJI’s software program was rolled out with out as a lot testing, and that has contributed to the state of affairs. We’ve requested DJI when it expects to have a corrected model of the brand new firmware obtainable to finish customers, and what portion of the present consumer base has been negatively affected by the bug. We’ll replace if the corporate responds.

Seems like #DJI have halted their newest firmware with Washington no fly zone, little question they’ve added a bug. pic.twitter.com/UjH76wFLfR

— UAVHive (@UAVHive) February four, 2015