Under a new partnership, California-based drone company 3DR will integrate flight safety zone software from AirMap into its Solo smart drone app.
According to the companies, AirMap software continually pulls and compiles airspace information and displays the restricted, warning and informational areas on a map. If Solo drone users open their Solo app in a restricted area, they’ll see a yellow (warning) or red (don’t fly here) circle.
Users can then tap the circle to bring up a map that displays airspace information in the area, along with information about the type of restriction. This airspace information includes real-time temporary flight restrictions that may be established in the areas around wildfires, major sporting events and other sensitive places.
“With Solo, we built software into the drone that made it automatic to get the kind of cinematic video you want,” says Chris Anderson, 3DR’s CEO and co-founder. “Now, we want to make flying as safe as it is easy.”
Though the effort is now getting off the ground, with future updates, the Solo smart drone app will display more detailed and nuanced airspace information piped directly from AirMap. The companies say this will include state and local regulations in addition to federal rules.
Earlier this year, Unmanned Aerial Online spoke with AirMap about the company’s service. To read that article, click here.
Image of the Solo drone courtesy of 3DR