Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

Russian Drone Mod Jailbreaks DJI Safety Feature

An Iraqi Special Operations Force drone operator prepares an plane throughout a mission towards ISIS. MIT

Some DJI drone house owners, angered by the corporate’s self-imposed “no-fly” security options, are cheering a brand new set of and software program mods designed by a Russian firm that successfully “jail breaks” DJI drones.

DJI created the No Fly Zone (NFZ) GEO function to curtail “inadvertent operation in locations that could raise safety or security concerns, such as near airports.”

“In certain locations, the device will automatically be prevented from takeoff, or if already in flight towards the location, will pause at the boundary and not enter,” the corporate instructs. Pilots can request exemptions from DJI however critics declare the method could be time-consuming.

For round $350, Coptersafe mods can override NFZ, permitting DJI drones to fly larger than 500 meters and to enter company-defined no-fly zones through software program updates or bodily circuits.

“Many DJI users face problems with geofencing. Even if you have all the documents from authorities, it takes too long to get approval from DJI,” a Coptersafe spokesperson (who requested to not be named) informed DRONELIFE. “In many countries, DJI limitations are too tight. Local laws allow much more freedom and flexibility.”

Proponents of DJI’s NFZ performance level out that the corporate’s current addition of areas in Iraq and Syria to its record may cease ISIS from piloting explosive-laden drones packed into crowds. Jail-breaking NFZ security options would enable drones to disregard such restrictions.

Coptersafe counters that the identical NFZ restraints that would cease terrorists may cease emergency responders. “We have a lot of request from government organizations: firefighters, emergency services and police,” the unnamed Coptersafe spokesperson stated.

“All need to fly in NFZ areas and it is also [a] question of safety.” However, Coptersafe mods may allow drones to function in absolute no fly zones, “areas that even opting out of DJI’s GEO geofencing software would restrict—like directly over a runway,” as defined in Motherboard.

“Safety is DJI’s top priority, which is why we first introduced geofencing technology three years ago and have been steadily refining the industry’s best technology to enhance aviation safety,” stated Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs in a DRONELIFE report final yr.

“Drone pilots want to fly safely, and our GEO system helps DJI customers fly responsibly while also enabling the full capabilities of remotely piloted aircraft.”

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