Skydio announces two positive news; firstly, the resumption of production of its current Skydio 2 drone, which was stopped due to the corona crisis, and a firmware update, which provides it with some interesting additional functions and improvements.
Skydio markets the drone of the same name as a better alternative to DJI&s Mavic 2 Pro, which is particularly distinguished by its high flight intelligence and can independently avoid obstacles even at high speed.
The update improves these capabilities even further - the Skydio 2.0 can now automatically follow objects from even greater distances than before: 40 meters with the help of a Skydio beacon and 20 meters without. Other new features specifically relate to flying by beacon: when starting in beacon mode, the Skydio 2 now stops on the spot in the air and waits for tracking commands.
In the Beacon Orbit Mode you can now control the speed and direction of the orbit by Drag&Drop. In Beacon Hover mode the drone tracks the object to be tracked via GPS when it has disappeared from the field of view, in order to optically detect it again.
When landing, automatic obstacle avoidance is switched off if the drone sinks below a height of 3m - the pilot can then steer it gently forwards, backwards, left or right using the controller. The landing procedure can also be simplified by placing the Skydio&s transport bag on the ground with the logo facing upwards. If the drone recognizes the logo on approach, sice will automatically land on the bag.
Finally, Skydio extends the functionality of its Dual Charger by the possibility to use its second USB-C port for power supply. The Dual Charger can thus be supplied with power via a USB-C connection and, using the second connection, other devices can be used simultaneously for charging via USB-C.