DJI Airsense will help upcoming consumer drones detect aircrafts

Drones have always been in hot water regarding air safety, especially concerning airplane collisions. Because of this, drone operators aren’t allowed to fly their drones near airports and similar airspaces. DJI‘s finally taking steps to address this with AirSense, a technology that picks up on the ADS-B signals from planes and helicopters in the nearby vicinity.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), which can you read about in more here, will finally allow drones to detect other aircrafts. DJI AirSense will alert drone operators if it has detected a signal from an aircraft located potentially up to miles away. This means you could get a collision warning before you even see what’s coming up ahead. You can find it more in the video from DJI below.

 The company claims its support will represent the largest single ADS-B deployment to date, though it’s pretty clear why they’re suddenly pushing this. As of January 1, 2020, the date after which DJI will deploy its new aircraft detection ability, ADS-B Out will be required to fly in the majority of controlled airspace.

If you’re getting a sense of dejavu, it might be because we’e already seen ADS-B detection on some other DJI models. The difference this time is that those were professional models, while this affects all consumer models available that weigh more than 250 grams. Regardless, it’s nice to finally see some improvements from DJI, and we hope this becomes the new standard for all drone companies.