On Thursday, drone manufacturer DJI launched a beta version of its new “geofencing” system, something the company says will keep its drones from flying into restricted airspace. The new feature is called Geospatial Environment Online (GEO), and it will let users know about areas where drone flight is restricted, either due to regulations or because of safety issues. It’s DJI’s way of appeasing the FAA, which has called for more regulation of drone flight this past year.
GEO will stop DJI drones from taking off in restricted areas like airports and Washington D.C. The system will also let users know about airspace that has been temporarily restricted, such as places near forest fires or big stadium events. Sensitive areas around prisons and power plants will be off limits in the system as well.
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