DJI shows off the semi-automated Phantom 4—leave the flying to the drone – Ars Technica

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NEW YORK—DJI has just announced the Phantom 4, the latest in the company’s line of camera-equipped quadcopters. Of course the newer version flies faster for longer and has a better camera, but the headline feature is the addition of new autonomous flight features that make the drone easier to fly, easier to film, and harder to crash.

Two optical sensors now sit just above the two front legs of the Phantom 4. Combined with a computer vision system, these sensors make a volumetric map of the environment in front of the drone. This allows it to “see” and react to objects in front of it, allowing the drone to take measures to avoid a crash while flying.

If the drone detects it is within 50 feet of an object, it will begin to slow down. When it’s within six feet, the drone will either stop and hover, fly over an object, or fly around it. This hazard detection is mainly for the drone’s autonomous flight modes, but it also seems particularly useful for the new object tracking features.

DJI shows off the semi-automated Phantom 4—leave the flying to the drone – Ars Technica