Christina Cardoza

Dec 5, 2016 4:30:04 PM

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DJI is giving developers new tools to create drone applications. The company announced new features and enhancements to its mobile and onboard software development kits at its first DJI AirWorks conference in San Francisco last week.

"Drones are transforming industries from construction to surveying to agriculture to public safety, and the innovations we've seen so far have just scratched the surface of how drones can help enterprises work faster, safer, more efficiently and at a lower cost," said Michael Perry, DJI’s director of strategic partnerships. "DJI wants to help developers implement great new drone functions, and we're excited to expand their ability to build exciting new custom applications."

The new features include performance improvements, onboard trajectory planning and control, and a new flight app for creating and planning 2D and 3D maps, Ground Station Pro.

"We've created a library of new software building blocks for our Onboard SDK, allowing developers to quickly and easily generate precise trajectories, capture lidar data, align and export point clouds, and halt trajectory control if an unexpected obstacle is detected," said Darren Liccardo, DJI’s vice president of engineering, systems and applications. "With Onboard SDK, developers can now build a solution that plans a complex, smooth path, executes it while monitoring for possible conflicts, and processes raw lidar data to create a point cloud that can be imported directly into an industrial workflow."

The features are designed to reduce mobile app development time and help developers focus on developing new and innovative solutions, according to DJI.

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