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

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.