Drone News Roundup: DJI Releases Two New Agriculture Drones, New Autel Video Highlights Features of the Evo II Enterprise, and More!
BY Zacc Dukowitz26 November 2021
This week we’re covering DJI’s release of two new agriculture drones, the Agras T40 and the Agras T20P.
We’re also covering a video from Autel that highlights the features of its Evo II Enterprise, a beautiful video of blue whale drone footage, Percepto’s new Air Mobile drone, and a law recently created by Congress focused on planning for Advanced Air Mobility (otherwise known as drone taxis).
Now let’s get to the links!
DJI Releases Two New Drones for Agriculture
Even though DJI just launched three products in a row—the last one being the much-anticipated Mavic 3—it’s not slowing down. The company recently released not just one but two drones focused solely on agriculture, the Agras T20P and the Agras T40. The T40 has an enhanced spreading capacity of 110 pounds and a souped-up spraying capacity of 88 pounds (the T30 had a spreading capacity of 77 pounds and a spraying capacity of 66 pounds), allowing it to spray pesticides over a 320-acre field in just an hour. The T20P is a smaller, more compact ag drone that comes with a spreading capacity of 55 pounds and a spraying capacity of 44 pounds. Right now both drones are only available in China, but we anticipate that they’ll be sold in the U.S. eventually as well.
New Video from Autel Highlights the Features of the Evo II Enterprise
This new video from Autel shows us what the Evo II Enterprise can do. The new drone comes with enhanced features for commercial work, including 16x digital zoom, an 8-mile transmission range, an RTK-supported centimeter-level positioning, and 360° obstacle avoidance. Watch the video to learn more and to see the Evo II Enterprise in action.
Drone Video of Majestic Blue Whales Shows How Incredibly Huge They Are
The aerial viewpoint in this footage of blue whales swimming in the ocean showcases the utter immensity of this incredible creature. Swimming alongside a boat in the opening shot, we see that the whale is about four to five times the boat’s size, so big that it seems almost otherworldly. The drone footage, combined with the haunting instrumental music, make for a stirring video. Even if you only have a minute or two, it’s well worth watching the opening to see this beautiful creature swimming in its element. The video was made by YouTuber DolphinDroneDom, who has a lot of other incredible oceanic drone footage on his channel—follow the link below to take a look.
Percepto Launches the Air Mobile Drone
Israeli-based Percepto’s AIM (Autonomous Inspection & Monitoring) software was recently named one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2021 for its ability to automate inspections using a fleet of drones. Now the company has launched a new drone called the Air Mobile, a small, lightweight UAV that’s ideal for linear inspections. Along with the drone, Percepto announced the launch of a new AI-driven analytics system for its forthcoming AIM software, which will further improve the platform.
Congress Votes to Support Drone Taxi Industry
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bipartisan bill to support the nascent Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry. The new law directs the U.S. Department of Transportation to create an interagency working group that will investigate various aspects of AAM, including safety, infrastructure, physical security, cybersecurity, and federal investment. The legislation is a further signal that drone taxis are coming, and that people are taking them seriously. Last week, Hyundai announced the launch of its own AAM company, Supernal, and many other companies have been getting into the taxi drone game over the last few years, with hundreds of millions being invested in the development of AAM technology and supporting infrastructure.
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