I've mentioned before that I am a licensed (FAA) drone pilot. I fly a DJI Spark. I do this for my hobbies which are fishing, hunting, camping, hiking and running my Jeep Wrangler in the mountains of West Virginia. I truly love the additional perspective that a good drone can give you in your location.
DJI, the worlds foremost manufacturer of commercial Drones, is now under the same scrutiny that Huawei is getting. If DJI is given the boot there are no serious American contenders in the drone commercial space. This would give American drone companies a chance to redeem themselves and get some market share. American drone companies have a huge hurdle to get over as DJI has built an amazing product and community.
DJI, the worlds foremost manufacturer of commercial Drones, is now under the same scrutiny that Huawei is getting. ...
DJI maintains a detailed digital map of the entire USA, necessary because they pre-program all FAA specified restricted airspace and no-fly areas into all of their drones sold in the US. If they are also surreptitiously collecting all video streams of their products in flight, with the associated geoloc coding, they could well be building he most comprehensive low-altitude, high resolution, aerial imagery imaginable. Lateral views from just outside the no-fly regions, easily obtained with 120 degree lenses on most sports cameras, could build out quite a view of even highly sensitive locations.
I have seen no evidence that DJI drones send data back to their home base in China. However, I feel sure this is the major concern of security and intelligence specialists in questioning use of DJI technology by government activities. Further, certain emergency and security service drone operators likely need an override of the no-fly geoblocks in the DJI programming, meaning those official use devices would provide clear overhead views of sensitive areas.
Yeah, there is a lot of distrust of technology designed and built in China.