DJI published a new update that makes it essential to register its drones, otherwise functionality will be “severely limited.”
If users fail to register their drone through DJI’s site, it will be limited to a height of 98 feet (30 meters), flight range of 164 feet (50 meters) and the live camera stream will be disabled. That severely limits what users can do with their drone.
“This new step, to take effect at the end of next week, ensures you will use the correct set of geospatial information and flight functions for your aircraft, as determined by your geographical location and user profile,” said DJI in a statement regarding the update. “All existing flight safety limitations, such as geofencing boundaries and altitude limits, remain the same.”
DJI’s new update comes on the heels of a decision by the US Appeals Court that the Federal Aviation Agency doesn’t have the overarching authority to force drone users to register their drones. This puts the onus on drone makers for drone users to register their drones, and DJI is getting ahead of the situation.
The update will take full effect beginning next week and it will apply to all DJI drone users internationally.