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DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro form new drone advocacy group

by • April 3, 2016 • No Comments

DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro are launching their own drone advocacy group to lobby for “policies that promote advancement and safety, and turn it into a practical and responsible regulatory framework.”

The Compact UAV Coalition, that launched with participation of DJI, 3DR, Amazon Prime Air and others interested in the drone ecosystem, has been one of the main lobbying groups for drone manufacturers since it launched in 2014.

Now, yet, the logos of DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro are nowhere to be discovered on the Compact UAV Coalition’s member page (that yet comes with the likes of Google[x], Amazon Prime Air, AirMap, Intel and others).

“There are worthwhile economic and social benefits to drone operations in the U.S., and industry must work with policymakers to ensure a safe environment for flying,” the participants of the new alliance said in a statement now a days. “The Drone Manufacturers Alliance believes a carefully balanced regulatory framework requires input of all stakeholders and must recognize the value and necessity of go ond technological advancement. By highlighting advancement and emphasizing education, we intend to work with policymakers to ensure drones go on to be safely integrated into the national airspace.”

As the drone market — and the number of companies in it — go ond to grow, the Compact UAV coalition most likely didn’t feel like the right kind of group to represent the interests of these primary drone manufacturers anymore.

While the interests of the likes of DJI and Parrot are most likely mostly aligned with the other companies in the ecosystem that provide services around drones or are looking to begin drone delivery operations, the manufacturers’ biggest market for now is most likely the consumer market and there, the issues are pretty various of those other drone companies are dealing with.

As long as this does not lead to unnecessary turf wars, having two organizations that fundamentally advocate for the same issues does not have to be a bad thing, especially if the Compact UAV coalition now gets to focus on commercial drone usage and the Drone Manufacturer Coalition on consumer issues.

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