DJI has released footage of the new Inspire 2 drone in action in snowy Sweden, filming at the World Rally Championships (WRC). The Swedish course was the second stage of this year’s championships, which will end in Australia this November. A team from DJI will be present at every stage, highlighting the potential of aerial video and capturing the best of the action from above with the Inspire 2.
The Inspire 2 was launched in November 2016, to plenty of acclaim from prosumers and professionals looking to take their aerial photography to the next level. DJI’s latest technology is present in the video below, including the ActiveTrack system as it keeps the focus on cars roaring through serene Swedish scenery at speeds up to 100mph.
One thing that came up frequently about the Inspire 2’s predecessor, the Inspire 1, was its performance in tough conditions. The original DJI Inspire was said to have a noticeable drop in battery life in cold conditions. Fortunately, the Inspire 2 carries two batteries – both of which are self-heating during flight. This enables it to fly in colder climates for longer.
The freezing forests of Sweden and Norway were the perfect winter test for DJI’s top prosumer drone. Take a look at the video below:
It’s nice to have a positive story combining drones, aerial photography and Sweden. The famously progressive European nation introduced legislation last year effectively banning camera drones, requiring users to have a special surveillance license in order to use one. While there doesn’t appear to be an appetite for a complete reversal of that legislation, lawmakers in Sweden have introduced a new permit that drone pilots can apply to for recreational flights.
We reported at the end of last year that Johan Lindqvist from UAS Sweden is cautiously optimistic:
“We’re optimistic. The Swedish government has realized that the old camera surveillance laws were outdated before they were even applied. Some parts are from the early 1970s and a lot of things have happened since then,” he told The Local. “It is positive that the government has put out a referral for a fast change in the surveillance act, but still, a change will not be effective until summer 2017. Who will the law as it is right now apply to? Will professional operators have an exemption until the change?”