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DroneRise – two DJI Mavic Pro crashes and recoveries, Autel Evo, Shenzhen drone expo and more…

Good morning, Here are the headlines you may have missed over the last couple of days. We have news about the Autel Robotics Evo drone, the Third Shenzhen International UAV Expo 2018, Disrupt SF 2018, a DRAGON drone and two rescue stories involving a DJI Mavic Pro. Jump right in!

Yesterday’s headlines

Today’s video

Today’s video shows why DJI needs to introduce backward obstacle avoidance on the soon to be released (?) successor of the original DJI Mavic Pro, the Mavic Pro II (2). As you can see in the video below, Dan had to risk his own life in a daring rescue mission on one of the cliffs that he had accidentally backed his drone into. All-around obstacle avoidance would have saved him all the trouble and risk to retrieve his beloved drone. A few days ago, Dan contacted DroneDJ to tell us about he crashed and rescued his drone in New Zealand and made a short video about it. Well done, Dan!

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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at DroneDJ, where he covers all drone related news and writes product reviews. He also contributes to the other sites in the 9to5Mac group such as; 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys and Electrek. Haye can be reached at or @hayekesteloo