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Behind the “discontinued supply” of US software companies in Dajiang: The United States actively supports local drone manufacturers

via:博客园     time:2019/7/19 21:14:36     readed:217


On July 17, according to foreign media reports, CAPE, a US software startup, announced that it had stopped cooperating with Chinese drone manufacturer DJI (DJI) on the grounds of “security issues” and stopped selling to its customers. Dajiang UAV compatible software. In response, Dajiang responded recently that it was disappointed with CAPE's decision based on the wrong information.

CAPE Announces Stopping Cooperation with Dajiang

According to the data, CAPE is headquartered in Redwood City, California, USA. It is mainly engaged in software development related to drones, and uses the SDK provided by drone manufacturers to provide data management and cloud service platforms to users using drones. Law enforcement agencies in several US states, as well as some other US public safety agencies, are CAPE customers. Perhaps it is because CAPE's customers are mainly US government agencies that directly led to CAPE disruption and cooperation with Xinjiang.

CAPE CEO Chris Rittler said: “The statements from different federal agencies have attracted the attention of partners and potential customers,”

Since the Sino-US trade dispute last year, the United States has frequently attacked Chinese high-tech enterprises. In late May, the US Department of Homeland Security issued a “warning” to the Chinese drone brand, saying that the Chinese-made unmanned opportunity had sensitive user information passed back to China and was suspected of being acquired by China.

Although the relevant documents did not mention the specific company name. However, according to the data of the UAV research company “Sky Logic”, nearly 80% of the UAVs used in the United States and Canada come from China's Dajiang Innovation. Since then there have been rumors that the United States plans to include DJI in the "embargo" list.

On June 18th, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held another hearing entitled “Drug Safety: Strengthening Innovation and Reducing Supply Chain Risks”. Some people said at the hearing that the data was Security and other concerns should be based on “country of origin” to limit competition, innovation and use of drone technology.

In addition, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the US Senate also prohibited Chinese drones from being used for US military purposes. US lawmakers say Chinese drones may send information to the Chinese government or be exploited by hackers to conduct cyber attacks or other types of attacks.

It is worth mentioning that on July 15th, US President Trump signed a new administrative order to upgrade the "Buy American Products Act", raising the threshold of "Made in the United States", clarifying that government procurement of goods will be the priority of American goods. It is stipulated that the cost of raw materials from foreign countries exceeding 50% can not be regarded as American products, and should be counted as foreign products.

That is to say, after the executive order came into effect, US government agencies to purchase a large number of products including drones must be "US goods" rd priority. This may further prevent the relevant US government departments from purchasing DJI drones.

In this context, it is not surprising that CAPE, which is mainly a US government agency, is also disrupted by cooperation with Dajiang on the grounds of “security issues”.

It is reported that almost all UAVs that have access to CAPE data management and cloud service platforms have been DJI. The disruption of cooperation with Dajiang means that CAPE will fully shift to support other UAV manufacturers' products.

According to the report, CAPE has begun to require new customers to choose from a list of approved drone manufacturers, and currently there is only one option in the list: Skydio Inc. This is a drone startup company that has only recently started working with the Department of Defense.

However, for the Dajiang UAV customers before CAPE, CAPE said it will allow existing customers to use their DJI drone until the end of the contract, which lasts no more than one year.

Dajiang responds: disappointed

In response to the CAPE disruption and cooperation with Dajiang, Dajiang recently issued a statement responding, "For CAPE company base

Disappointed with the decision made by the error message. But this will not affect Dajiang's continued global development of customers and partnerships.

DJI stressed that “the security of its technology has been repeatedly verified globally, including independent verification by the government and leading US companies. When users use DJI's drones or other technical products, the data generated, stored and transmitted is completely controlled by the user. More than 520 public safety agencies around the world trust and use DJI products in DJI to perform mission-critical tasks. ”


It is worth mentioning that in June this year, a spokesman in Dajiang also confirmed that DJI plans to build the first assembly line in the United States. Dajiang will transform a warehouse in Cerritos, Calif., into a production line to assemble the latest version of a UAV product that is popular in North America.

On July 9, Dajiang also announced that its drone safety solution was approved by the US Department of the Interior. In the testing process, Dajiang used two UAV models in Dajiang. The report issued by the US Department of the Interior on July 2 also mentioned that the department carried out a total of 1,245 times of two UAVs in DJI, totaling about 538 hours of test flight, which was not found during the entire test period. Leak & rdquo; situation, and the drone is working well.

Based on relevant tests and analysis, the US Department of the Interior recommends approval of the use of DJI products, but it is recommended to limit its use to non-sensitive tasks involving “safe and open data”. One reason why the department approved the use of the DJI drone is that there is no substitute product in the United States.

The United States actively supports local drone manufacturers

However, from the perspective of the CAPE disruption and cooperation with Dajiang, the United States is actively supporting local drone manufacturers. Skydio is undoubtedly one of them.

According to the data, Skydio R1, the first drone product launched by drone startup Skydio in 2018, can realize automatic follow-up, automatic obstacle avoidance and other functions, and also has excellent functions of recording video images.


Skydio R1

According to Skydio's official website, Skydio will launch heavy new products this fall.

In addition to Skydio, Impossible Aerospace in Silicon Valley is also a drone startup company founded by Tesla and Space X employees. Last year, Impossible Aerospace launched the drone ——"US-1” with the concept of “battery first”, its drone total weight is 6.8 kg, 70% of which is lithium ion The battery allows the drone to achieve a 120-minute flight. It is reported that Impossible Aerospace also sold several US-1 drones to the fire station, police station and search and rescue team.


US-1 drone

Although the Skydio and Impossible Aerospace drones are unique, their price is not competitive with DJI. Impossible Aerospace's US-1 drone is priced at $7,500, and Skydio's R1 is priced at $2,499.

However, if they have the support of the US government and the huge demand for UAVs in the US market itself, then Skydio and Impossible Aerospace will undoubtedly have the opportunity to compete with the drone giant Dajiang.

Editor: Core Intelligence - ROCK Sword

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