This is the dock that lets Skydio drones truly fly themselves

Sean Hollister

The Verge


This is the dock that lets Skydio drones truly fly themselves

Skydio is the only company making drones that can largely fly themselves, able to sense and avoid objects so seamlessly, you can hand a toddler the controls. But legally and practically, they need a lot of human oversight. Who’s going to charge the drone, update it, download its footage, and be the oft legally required visual observer to make sure it doesn’t crash into anything nearby?

But for years, Skydio has been working on the gadget that could eliminate pesky humans from the equation. It’s called the Skydio Dock, and it’s a 72-pound motorized box that can let these drones operate completely autonomously. I drove to Skydio’s headquarters in San Mateo, California, this week to check it out, watch it fly an autonomous mission, and...

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