DJI slams last week’s Dayton Research ‘misleading’ drone collision footage


DJI has demanded that the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) withdraws a video and blog post which depict a collision between a DJI Phantom 2 and the wing of a small airplane, calling the video ‘misleading’.

In a statement, DJI has said the UDRI staged its video to create a scenario inconceivable in real life.

The international manufacturer described how the collision shown on video was at a higher speed than the combined maximum speed of the drone and airplane, which is also faster than the FAA’s testing guidelines.

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The statement went on to detail how the UDRI has not disclosed its testing methodology or the resulting data, and while it acknowledged that a similar test with a simulated bird caused ‘more apparent damage,’ it has only promoted the video showing damage from a DJI drone.

In a letter to the lead researcher involved in the video, DJI’s vice president of policy & legal affairs said UDRI “recklessly created and promoted a video that falsely claims to depict a dangerous condition posed by one of our products.

He went on to add that the “public comments deliberately present an entirely improbable, if not impossible, event as a commonplace risk routinely faced by airplane pilots.”

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