Chinese drone industry leader DJI has confirmed plans to build drones in a production facility in California.
There have been concerns over DJI’s data security practices and the threat of banning the use of DJI products in US government agencies. Mario Rebello, the VP manufacturer of American Operations, said “the time is right” for a move that will allow the company to meet federal requirements.
“DJI is committed to investing in America and providing U.S. government workers, first responders, and public servants with customized solutions that meet their unique security, safety, and procurement needs. As part of our long-term commitment to America that began in 2015 with our research and development facility located in Palo Alto, we are opening a new production facility in California and filing for compliance under the U.S. Trade Agreements Act. This new investment will expand DJI’s footprint in the U.S. so we can better serve our customers, create U.S. jobs, and strengthen the U.S. drone economy. We look forward to working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in its review of our application.” – DJI.
We are expecting DJI to assemble a great amount of its Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual models at their facility in Cerritos, California. This is where they previously stored drones and handled distribution.
In addition, the company will build machines with newly available features, known as Government Edition. Being that the system saves data to the drone itself, the collected information can only be taken off the machine after it lands. Meaning the drones cannot transfer any info wirelessly online.
Clearly, the large Chinese drone maker is trying to get on American officials good side. Amen to that!