DJI unveils plans to start assembling drones in US amid security concerns – ZDNet

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DJI’s Mavic 2 Pro has a 20 MP 1″ CMOS sensor, Hasselblad camera, an adjustable aperture, HDR video recording, and hyperlapse functionality. 

(Credit: DJI)

DJI, the world’s largest consumer drone maker, unveiled plans this week to assemble drones in California and make high-security drones for the US government. The plan follows the Chinese company in recent months being warned about security concerns by the US.

The Chinese company will start building drones at a plant in California, which will be DJI’s first assembly line located outside of Shenzhen, China, the company said in a statement on Monday. 

The new US production line aims to “meet the growing demand in the market,” DJI said in a separate statement to the media, according to a Tencent News report. DJI’s manufacturing line in California, which carried out assembly tests in January, showed “positive results” and is currently pending approval from relevant US departments, the report added.

DJI’s announcement to assemble products in the US follows the company sending an open letter to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, in which it rebutted security concerns that its products have security risks to the country.

“DJI drones do not share flight logs, photos or videos unless the drone pilot deliberately chooses to do so. They do not automatically send flight data to China or anywhere else. They do not automatically transmit photos or videos over the internet. This data stays solely on the drone and on the pilot’s mobile device. DJI cannot share customer data it never receives,” the company said in the open letter.

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