Chinese electric aviation specialist Yuneec used Las Vegas-based technology show CES 2018 as a springboard to present its latest unmanned aerial vehicle innovations.
At the show, which took place last week from Sunday 7 to Friday 12 Jnauary, Yuneec entered two new categories by unveiling the fixed wing Firebird FPV and HD Racer and announced the second generation of its consumer six-rotor hex platform, Typhoon H Plus.
A spokesperson for the company said: “The category expansion and product line advancements are a result of Yuneec’s ongoing commitment to deliver industry leading technologies and pilot-centric features for an unparalleled electric aviation experience.”
The palm-sized HD Racer is Yuneec’s first racing drone and showcases built-in flight stabilisation, with beginner and advanced modes.
While in the air, the UAV is designed to allow pilots to navigate through any obstacle with an optimised, all-digital, low latency HD video downlink.
Additionally, pilots can record and share their best racing moments in high resolution 1080p at 60fps.
The newly-launched Firebird FPV is a lightweight fixed-wing model and offers flight times of up to 30 minutes.
In November last year, the company used the Commercial UAV Show as a means of promoting its newly-released commercial model.
The company showcased the functions of its system six-rotor platform H520 sUAS, its first product designed specifically for commercial use, at the London-based show, following the model’s release in August.
Yuneec UK managing director, Clive Coote, told Commercial Drone Professional: “It’s the central show to bring all the UAV and tech people together in one place.”
Having recently released its first commercial drone, Yuneec has observed the fast-paced nature of the commercial drone sector.
Coote added: “The commercial side of drones is growing rapidly and people are finding more uses for commercial drones. It’s moving so fast that you have got to have a forward-thinking team to pick up on where the next trend will be.”
While the sector requests a broad spectrum of capabilities from Yuneec when discussing drone requirements, Coote predicts that one, among many, trends that could shape the coming year of the industry is increasing demand for thermal imaging applications.