DJI seems to be getting ready for the launch of a FPV (first-person-view) drone, as per FCC filings seen by media. Almost 3 devices—a “DJI FPV Remote Controller,” “DJI FPV Air Unit,” and “DJI FPV Goggles”—were lately enrolled with the government organization.
DJI has experimented with FPV drones earlier. The firm launched a PlayStation VR-sized device in 2017 named as DJI Goggles that operated with a few different drones form DJI. But that fairly clunky solution was about as far as the Chinese firm ever progressed with the concept.
In the meantime, an “FPV air unit” with a controller and devoted goggles seems more like a drone developed for racing, or high maneuverability. It might make logic; DJI is by far the leader in user drones, and has seen rivalry such as 3D Robotics, GoPro, and lately, Parrot walk away from the industry (to unstable degrees). But DJI does not have a drone that is custom-made for the developing FPV/drone racing segment of the market, which typically has tailor-made drones that are created from off-the-shelf components.
Not only are leagues and competitions for drone racing popping up enormously these days, there is also a boom in requirement in the videography realm for FPV drones. Skilled pilots for FPV drone are using their talent doing everything from shooting Formula Drift, to going viral, to making Kohl’s ads. Developing a product that makes it simpler to tap into this market makes logic, particularly with DJI’s know-how in making small drones and cameras capable of snapping high-quality images.
On a related note, Parrot earlier left the toy drone industry, a company spokesperson verified it to the media this week. “Parrot stopped the development and production of any drone but the Anafi and its versions,” the spokesperson claimed to the media in an interview.