US drone maker Skydio has started shipping its first enterprise drone today, with prices starting at $ 10,999 for Enterprise.Skydio is best known as a pioneer in self-flying drone technology. But in recent years it has shifted its focus from a consumer market dominated by Chinese giant DJI to courting enterprise customers instead.
This shift is partly due to geopolitics. The US government blacklisted a number of Chinese drones last year for fear of spying, meaning law enforcement, military clients and the federal government are looking for more U.S. companies instead. The switch added Skydio to a valuation of $ 1billion, no doubt aided by the high prices that the business can control.
Skydio’s X2 drone, released last year, comes in two main flavors. X2D is available for “Defense and Federal Government” and X2E for “First responders organization and civilian agency”. Both units are available. Two styles The first one has a dual color / thermal sensor and “optimized for remote situational awareness” (a 4K60 HDR camera with 16x digital zoom and ~ 46 ° field of view, as well as a FLIR Boson 320 x 256 thermal camera ready. 8x digital zoom). Second, there is only a color camera. (Although the lens has been upgraded to a ~ 80 ° field of view) and is intended for “Close-up inspection of infrastructure assets, reconstructing scenes and mapping small areas”
Prices for the color heat configuration, which begin shipping today, are unknown. But the color-only units are available exclusively for pre-order starting at $ 10,999.Each drone comes with a range of accessories and the company’s enterprise controller with a shock-resistant build, a 6.8-inch AMOLED touch screen and Glove-compatible joystick
In addition to drones, Skydio today launched the Skydio Cloud service that offers various fleet management tools. These allow customers to track the status and location of multiple drones in real time, stream footage from any unit, and collect the recorded data in one place. Ideal for mapping and large-scale inspection jobs.
Despite its focus on corporate customers, Skydio has said it won’t give up on amateurs and amateur flyers, said the company’s CEO, Adam Bry. The Verge Last year there were more consumer drones. But we’re not sure when it’s that time: watch the sky.