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DJI: Register your drone on our site, or we'll throttle it

DJI: Register your drone on our site, or we'll throttle it

If you don't choose to upgrade to the latest firmware and re-register, your drone will not have access to the correct geospatial information and flight functions for that region, and its operations will be restricted.

For those who do not comply, their unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will experience camera malfunctions and flight will be limited to a 164-foot (50m) radius up to 98 feet (30m) high. Once updated and activated, DJI can make sure that you never accidentally (or purposely) fly into controlled airspace... or into the space needle... or almost hit some baseball fans in the face (more on that in a few minutes).

It'll come into effect at the end of this week and is aimed at ensuring pilots use "the correct set of geospatial information and flight functions for your aircraft", determined by your location and user profile.

On Saturday, we told you about a federal court ruling that reversed some FAA rules-namely: if you're not flying your drone commercially, you no longer have to register it with the authorities.




Chinese company DJI made a pretty significant change to the process of buying and activating its drones over the weekend.

You can't fly them near a plane or over areas where the general public are milling about (like crowded city centres).

But authorities find it hard to enforce those rules in practice, and drone users frequently ignore them.

You will need a data connection to the Internet for your smartphone or tablet when you log in, in order to verify the account information and activate the updated software or firmware. These rules will apply to all of DJI's "aircraft" running the latest firmware, whether you own a Phantom 4 or one of its cheaper drones.


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