3DR, North America’s largest drone manufacturer, has collaborated with AirMap to put accurate and automatically updated in-app flight safety zone information at the fingertips of all 3DR Solo users.
Berkeley, CA, November 16th, 2015 - Today 3DR announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with AirMap, a company that provides flight zone information for drone users and RC pilots around the world. 3DR will integrate AirMap's safety information software into its Solo smart drone app in anticipation of the coming holiday season. It's the first time that drone software has been able to directly deliver reliable safety information to users.
"We've made drones really easy to fly," said 3DR CEO and co-founder Chris Anderson. "With Solo, for instance, we built software into the drone that made it automatic to get the kind of cinematic video you want. This dramatically reduced the amount of practice that used to be necessary back when drones were difficult to fly. Now, we want to make flying as safe as it is easy. Supplementing the Solo app with AirMap's robust and reliable real-time airspace information allows us to increase education with a seamless and enjoyable drone experience."
AirMap software continually pulls and compiles airspace information and displays the restricted, warning and informational areas on a map. If Solo users open their Solo app in a restricted area, they'll see a warning. Users can then tap the circle to bring up a map that displays any airspace information in the area, along with information about the type of restriction. This airspace information includes real-time Temporary Flight Restrictions that may be established in the areas around wildfires, major sporting events and other sensitive places.
The Solo app will contain basic airspace information: federal guidelines (e.g., five miles from an airport); national parks; airbases, etc.
"Drones are a powerful, important and increasingly popular technology, and we want to make it easy for people to fly them safely," said Ben Marcus, co-founder and CEO of AirMap. "We collaborate with industry leaders like 3DR to give drone users the information they need to make decisions about where to fly."
Though the effort is now getting off the ground, with future updates the Solo smart drone app will display more detailed and nuanced airspace information piped directly from AirMap. This will include state and local regulations in addition to federal rules.
To learn more about Solo and the Solo App, visit 3drobotics.com/solo.
To learn more about AirMap, visit www.airmap.io.