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DJI's New Experimental Drone Aims to Avoid Obstacles and Collisions

by Julianne Pepitone /

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Critics of unmanned aerial systems fear a future in which drones buzz around our skies like mosquitoes, causing a nuisance and crashing into one another. A new guiding system from Chinese drone giant DJI aims to help drones "see" and avoid obstacles, preventing collisions.

The Guidance system, which DJI revealed Monday morning, uses ultrasonic sensors and cameras that let the drone sense objects and provide exact location information that is accurate up to altitudes of 65 feet. Guidance system can tell the drone to swerve out of the way, automatically avoiding collisions even at high speeds.

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"Guidance continuously scans the nearby environment and detects obstacles in real time," DJI wrote on its product page.

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Also on Monday, DJI announced the Matrice 100: a customizable, programmable drone that can carry multiple types of sensors, devices and cameras.

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