Zing has launched the open beta to allow drone pilots to test out its new drone delivery iPhone application.
The application allows drone pilots to use any DJI drone to make autonomous deliveries.
It works by connecting a drone to the app, tapping a coordinate on the app and hitting launch.
The drone will then ascend to 200 feet and fly to that location autonomously.
After arriving at the location, the drone will descend to about 30 feet before giving the pilot manual control for a safe final descent.
Once the delivery has been completed, the pilot taps a button to return to home as usual.
The Zing drone delivery app includes an abort button to resume manual control at any time during the flight.
As part of the release, Zing confirmed the app had been integrated with AirMap to keep all drones using the Zing application away from schools, prisons, TFRs, and controlled airspace.
The drone pilot is not able to launch if any part of their delivery passes through these areas.
A spokesperson for Zing commented: “Drone deliveries are right around the corner in the United States. NASA is finishing up their final phase of UTM testing in Reno and companies are being granted air carrier certificates.
“We’re taking this opportunity to gather data and get as many pilots as possible familiar with our platform. There are over 100,000 Part 107 certified drone pilots in the United States, and they are all looking for a ways to fly their drone commercially. We’re providing a new and exciting solution for them.”