A new partnership between Samsung and one of the most prestigious and reliable drone manufacturers, DJI, promises to be one of the biggest in the tech industry. Samsung has entered into this venture with DJI as an equity partner and is expected to launch its first drone prototype in early 2021. This is a big step forward in terms of establishing a truly global autonomous operation that will give any company the opportunity to utilize the benefits of drone technology for both personal and commercial applications. The DJI autonomous system will use a combination of hardware and software from two companies to allow for the safest aerial travel yet, as well as record flight data and weather conditions for later reanalysis. Through this first-of-a-kind partnership, DJI will also gain access to Samsung’s flight data and analytics systems, allowing it to better support its own line of mobile drones.
This new partnership between two of the world’s most respected brands comes at a time when DJI and Samsung are gearing up to introduce the highest and fastest DJI Phantom model ever. It will enable DJI to provide its customers with even greater accuracy and flexibility while aerial delivery of their merchandise. While no specifics have been disclosed by the company, we do know that they are actively working on integrating this new capability with their line of UAVs.
In the meantime, Samsung is busy in its own efforts to capitalize on the growing market for aerial imaging. Their partnership with the DJI is only the latest example of their drive to exploit the emerging area of drone delivery. As Consumer Electronics Association reports, Samsung is actively working on an aerial robotic vehicle that can monitor crops, locate defective products, and even spot a missing child. The vehicle, called the Aerialoid 100, will operate autonomously using mapping data collected by a connected computer. Samsung’s new partner in this endeavor is called Parfumeris, software development and design company located in New York. The Aerialoid 100 will be available to consumers later this year.
This latest collaboration between two of the world’s most prominent manufacturers comes at a time when DJI is trying to increase its consumer base. Samsung is also in the process of expanding its UAV product lineup. Earlier this month, the company revealed plans to release several new low-cost UAVs in the near future. A few weeks ago, it was reported that Samsung is also working on an autonomous operation system for UAVs. The company declined to comment on any of these plans.
The potential uses for this new device are seemingly endless, but some seem to be more noteworthy than others. A team of scientists at Stanford recently demonstrated how a drone could locate a specific cat bone, which led them to believe that the device might also be used in the search and rescue industry. Another application is in disaster relief where a Samsung representative recently demonstrated how the Aerialoid could locate survivors of a flood. In the past, UAVs have been used in the agriculture sector to monitor crops for damage. While this application seems far-fetched, it may not be far off.
What makes this new partnership so exciting is that it opens up the door for a number of consumer applications. One of the biggest concerns with the growth of UAVs is whether or not there would be a need for human intervention to control aerial vehicles. The company’s newly developed device will eliminate this need. By simply sending a radio signal, the Aerialoid can find a live person or object and deliver assistance. As the technology develops, we may see this application in use to locate someone who has gone missing or is drowning, or delivering aid to a natural disaster area.
The future may bring even greater improvements. Other companies may join forces to develop devices that can help people with Alzheimer’s disease communicate, walk, and take part in daily tasks. They may someday allow patients to control their own bodies. Whether these dreams come to pass or become a reality remains to be seen.
Samsung is looking to the future. This new partnership may pave the way for the company to join forces with other innovative companies in order to meet the demands of consumers. If this goal is not met, the South Korean manufacturer may be left to rely on the United States in order to produce its appliances. It is time to start thinking about the future, and Samsung is ready to get to work.