I Flew An Expensive Drone Into A Fence At Top Speed Because I Trust Technology Too Much

I Flew an Expensive Drone Into a Fence at Top Speed and You Won't Believe What Happened Next

Video: I swear it was an accident. For two weeks, I flew the DJI Phantom 4 as often as possible, to learn about its quirky but impressive feature set. When it came time for the final test — seeing how obstacle avoidance worked at high speeds — it slipped my mind that the technology doesn't work at all at high speeds. In a new configuration called Sport Mode, the Phantom 4 roars across the sky as fast as 72km per hour. But the aircraft tilts too far forward for the front-facing cameras that enable obstacle avoidance to work. After enjoying how well obstacle avoidance works in the other modes, I basically became dependent on it. The drone feels like it can't be crashed. But it can.

Watch our full video to learn more about the Phantom 4, a drone that you definitely want to fly when you're not feeling overconfident.


Comments

    Meh. Give me a racing drone with a FPV headset any day.

    Dude can I have some of your money? Wish I could just trash $3000 worth of equipment for fun to test if it's crash-able at high speeds. Anyone could have guessed this outcome. Put it to good use so we can all enjoy nice aerial videos and photos. Oh wait

    What the hell did he think was going to happen when flying backwards?! its quite easy to see that the sensors are only on the front and underneath of the drone, why on earth would you try backing it into things... that's just a no brainer. Also when you are at high speed you know the angle of the copter would also be pointing the front sensors at the ground.. yeah that's not gonna detect anything either. Pointless test is pointless.
    What you should be testing is the 'follow me' feature and see how well it handles that.

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