Drone operations software provider Kittyhawk announced an automated flight system feature today at the CES event in Las Vegas.
“The new automation features allow operators to plan missions in the Kittyhawk mobile application and then execute the entire flight from takeoff to landing with unlimited waypoints,” says the announcement. “…The app has incorporated safety features to ensure that operators are not able to initiate an automated flight to a place beyond the range of the radio and drone; like trying to launch a mission in California when you’re currently in New York. The Kittyhawk software uses the geolocation of the operator to show only flights that are possible to complete — avoiding potentially expensive and dangerous mistakes.”
“Enterprise customers are constantly asking the Kittyhawk platform to do more and more across the entire workflow,” said Jon Hegranes, Co-Founder and CEO of Kittyhawk. “The addition of automated flights coupled with encrypted live audio and video streaming further validates our industry-leading market share.”
AI and more automation in data processing is one of the major current trends in the drone industry. Automated flights allow for perfectly consistent and repeatable flights, which are critical for a wide variety of applications: including insurance, inspections, and infrastructure maintenance.
Additionally, Kittyhawk points out that the automated flight system combined with their recently release multi-channel secure live video and audio streaming feature. “For example, a law enforcement customer can set the drone to fly the perimeter of a scene and their entire team can securely access a video feed right from their mobile devices and give audio feedback to the operator in real time,” says Kittyhawk. “A filmmaker can set a path perfectly parallel to a bridge and get that perfect shot with an absolutely consistent speed and altitude. The opportunities are endless.”
“Automated flights are the first step in an exciting roadmap of new features for the enterprise team in 2018. We’ve been working closely with our industry-leading enterprise customers to really understand their challenges and we are excited about the solutions Kittyhawk is delivering to them,” says Josh Ziering, Kittyhawk Co-Founder and Chief Pilot.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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