DJI, creator of the Phantom and Inspire quadcopters, has just updated its Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) system to prevent drone pilots from flying their machines where they ought not to fly them.
Places like airports, power plants, prisons, wildfires, parts of Washington, DC, and other restricted areas will be completely off limits, either temporarily or permanently.
This all hinges on owners updating their GO app and the firmware in the control and in the quadcopter to the new system. Hopefully DJI (or someone else) can force owners to do so.
I wonder how DJI will keep up with updating the temporary no-fly zones (such as those near wildfires). It seems this would take a lot of coordination amongst the entities involved.
I don’t doubt that it can be done, but I can also see it becoming quite messy unless there is a whole lot of communication going on constantly.
We’ll see what happens.
I also hope other drone makers are considering similar systems for their larger crafts.