Ron: Hey there. Welcome to another episode of Tips & Tech Talk. I am your host Ron, a Michigan drone operator. I am joined by special guest, Steve Durecki. We are in Shelby Township at Premier Sports Center where we are going to be flying our drones. Today we’re talking about 2018, the year in review as far as drones and what you can expect from drones in the drone world in 2019. Before we get into our topic, talk a little bit about what’s happening behind us.

Let’s talk about what we came here to talk about. 2018 was definitely the year of the drone. Let’s recap some of the stuff that happened. In the DJI world, you had the Mavic Air. You had the DJI Phantom 4 Pro Version 2. You had of course the Mavic 2 Enterprise and the Mavic 2 Zoom. There were other companies making outstanding drones as well. Talk about some of the other drones that came out in 2018.

Steve: What also came out is the Evo made by Autel.

Ron: Now that’s my favorite. That’s my favorite drone that I don’t have, because in addition to shooting a 4k, it also has some interesting capabilities or capabilities that’s not offered by DJI. Correct?

Talk about that.

Steve: Well, the Autel Evo does not have no fly zones programmed in it.

Ron: That’s a big deal for people who don’t understand, if you have a DJI drone. Like it’s 70% of the market, they have geo fencing in each of the drones which makes it impossible to take off if you’re within five miles of a major airport. The Autel Evo is special in a sense that it has no geo fencing. What does that mean for you on the job?

Steve: If I’m at a job, and I’ve asked previous permission to fly near an airport, and I get another job that’s a mile down the road. Instead of waiting a half hour, and I can get clearance from the tower, I can go do the job. Take off without having to be shutdown because of geo fencing.

Ron: Not waiting for an approval code from DJI.

That’s the Evo. What about the Parrot Anafi? This is another special drone. Talk about this one.

Steve: The Parrot Anafi for my business, you’re able to take the camera, point it 90 degrees down like they all do. Then they can actually point 90 degrees upward to do inspections or to get certain shots that are required from a low angle.

Ron: Right, like if you’re inspecting underneath a bridge or something of the kind, you can look up. That’s a pretty cool thing. You think the technology’s going to get better? I don’t know how it can?

Steve: Camera wise, I don’t think that there’s going to be too much of an upgrade. What the drones can do autonomously is going to keep changing. I believe that not too far in the future, it’s going to be like the Jetsons. You’re going to see people sitting in a drone and flying to do surveillance, mapping, police work or fire rescue.

Ron: That’s the big thing, fire rescue. That’s where DJI is focused on right now with Enterprise. Really focusing on first responders. What is your thoughts on that? Do you think that’s a good move by DJI?

Steve: Absolutely. I believe the market has diminished for the hobbyist, and it’s all going to Enterprise companies. It’s finally going to do what they said it would do. It was going to become like a hundred billion dollar business.

Ron: In front of our eyes, 2018, if that was any indication of what we can expect, 2019 is probably going to blow our minds. We’re going to see something closer to the Jetson’s. Speaking of 2019, we’ve talked about 2018. What do you expect in the drone world in 2019? Look into your crystal ball. What do you see happening?

Steve: I see the airways starting to open up with a lot more testing with drone delivery of packages. I already am seeing it with fire departments, police departments using it for their benefit. DJI will be coming out with another drone, possibly the Phantom 5, which I definitely will buy.

Ron: Let’s talk about that Phantom 5. Phantom 5 is been something a lot of people have been speculating about. What do you think is going to be different with the Phantom 5 than the Phantom 4. It’s still, it’s probably going to be the same body. No? Do you think they’re going to change the whole body?

Steve: I believe that they’re going to change the whole body. That’s why you saw them stop producing the Phantom 4 Pro V2.

They only produced that for several months. I think you might be on to something. I think the next drone from DJI might be the Phantom 5, only time will tell. Stay tuned and we’ll keep bringing you the latest information. I want to thank you for joining us today. I want to thank Steve for joining us and being part of today’s Tips & Tech Talk. If you like this video please like it, share it with your friends, hit that bell notification on my YouTube channel. Also subscribe on my YouTube channel. Go to my website, you can see a lot more of my work. Thank you for watching, and we’ll see you next time for another episode of Tips & Tech Talk.

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