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YUNEEC shows off its H520 drone in CES Asia 2017 to challenge DJI

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【Summary】CES Asia 2017 has seen drone leaders displaying their latest technology and products. The Chinese drone provider Yuneec debuted the H520, its new commercial drone in the event. Futurecar reporters were on site and spoke with Yuneec to get more details about the H520 drone.

Original Claire    Jun 12, 2017 12:05 PM PT
YUNEEC shows off its H520 drone in CES Asia 2017 to challenge DJI

CES Asia 2017 has seen drone leaders displaying their latest technology and products. The Chinese drone provider Yuneec who won the Best Drone of CES 2016 in Las Vegas debuted the H520, its new commercial drone in the event. Claiming to be a Hexacopter for commercial applications, the new flying gadget has definitely caught people's attention. Futurecar reporters were on site and spoke with Yuneec to get more details about the H520 drone.

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"It is designed for long flight times. And the large rotor blades with a quick release mechanism ensure it is quickly ready for action," Ella Sun, Marketing specialist of Yuneec told a Futurecar reporter.

With an eye-catching orange color, the drone is designed for long flight times. It is equipped with new, upgraded motors and a interchangeable camera payload system. The product is targeted at commercial industries, including cinematography, inspections for oil and gas, real estate and general photography. It has an impressive flight time of 31 minutes with a light weight of 1890 grams.

Additionally, the orange beauty can be equipped with a CGO-ET camera, which is ideal for search and rescue missions, firefighting, solar panel inspections, and other emergency applications.

"Although the product firstly debuted in this year's CES 2017 in Las Vegas, compared with then, it has made more improvements in modules and design. The drone makes very little noise, which is especially useful in police patrol or other scenarios that place high demands on drone's quietness." Ella said.

The product is expected to enter the market by the third quarter, with price ranging from $2499 to $4499, depending on the camera options.

Founded in 1999 in Hong Kong, Yuneec entered the drone market in 2011 and received $50 million funding from Intel in 2015. The company is considered a strong competitor to drone leader DJI. When its star product, the Typhoon H equipped with Intel's RealSense camera debuted in CES 2016 in Las Vegas, The drone's ability to use "ultrasonic proximity detection" to automatically dodge large obstacles caused a sensation. Moreover, costing nearly 35% less than DJI's Inspire 1 price at that time, the Typhoon H instantly won people's favor and was awarded the Best Drone in that year.

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DJI has publicly critiqued Yuneec and Intel, pointing out that the two companies were putting up a show. In April of last year, DJI filed a lawsuit in the United States against Yuneec, claiming the company had intruded DJI's intellectual property on "systems and methods for target tracking," and an "interchangeable mounting platform."

However, Yuneec reacted by indicating that DJI was just afraid of new competitors. With backing by Intel and a few star products, whether or not Yuneec can gain a position in the rising drone market remains to be seen.

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