DJI’s Phantom 4 Drone uses Artificial Intelligence for avoiding Obstacles

The world’s leading maker of unmanned aerial vehicles "DJI", launched the Phantom 4, the first consumer quadcopter camera to use highly advanced computer vision and sensing technology to make professional aerial imaging easier for everyone The Phantom 4’s Obstacle Sensing System features two forward-facing optical sensors that scan for obstacles and automatically direct the aircraft around the impediment when possible, reducing risk of collision, while ensuring flight direction remains constant

If the system determines the craft cannot go around the obstacle, it will slow to a stop and hover until the user redirects it Obstacle avoidance also engages if the user triggers the drone’s “Return to Home” function to reduce the risk of collision when automatically flying back to its take off point Phantom 4 provides another feature named "ActiveTrack", for allowing users running the DJI Go app on iOS and Android devices to follow and keep the camera centered on the subject as it moves simply by tapping the subject on their smartphone or tablet The Phantom 4 understands three-dimensional images and uses machine learning to keep the object in the shot, even when the subject changes its shape or turns while moving Users have full control over camera movement while in ActiveTrack mode

A “pause” button on the Phantom 4’s remote controller allows the user to halt an autonomous flight at any time, leaving the drone to hover By using the TapFly function in the DJI Go app, users can double-tap a destination for their Phantom 4 on the screen, and the Phantom 4 calculates an optimal flight route to reach the destination, while avoiding any obstructions in its path Tap another spot and the Phantom 4 will smoothly transition towards that destination making even the beginner pilot look like a seasoned professional Phantom 4 can fly for up to 28 minutes on one charge The Phantom 4’s US

retail price is $1,399 Pre-orders for the Phantom 4 started at DJIcom and Applecom, and customers will begin receiving their units on March 15