What will differentiate good from great drones is not equipment like carbon fiber frames and cool retractable landing gear but the software behind the camera. The camera is the eye of the drone and today’s consumer (thanks to apple) is looking for drones that will do the work for them. Consumer’s do not want to buy a drone that they have to work to keep from crashing. In fact, today’s drone consumer wants a drone that will make them look like a better pilot than they really are. And the only way that is going to happen is to have drones that are more autonomous than not.

Well it looks like Yuneec is beefing up the tech game within the drone all the while keeping the price down for the average joe. Their Typhoon H looks like a work horse that is going to help new pilots do some amazing things. The Typhoon is going to give the up and coming filmmakers the opportunity to open do doors to artistry that we haven’t seen so far. What’s also nice is the price.

Yuneec’s biggest advantage here might be price and the ability to sense and avoid. A fully equipped Solo from 3D Robotics currently costs $1,799 and is roughly $800 less than a new Inspire 1. “A central part of our mission is to bring new and advanced creative possibilities within the reach of everyone,” said Yu Tian, chief executive officer of Yuneec International. “We’ve engineered the Typhoon H to redefine what customers should expect to pay for a drone with such an array of professional features. At this price point, no other drone comes close to the Typhoon H in terms capability and value.”

The second half of this value proposition, the ability to see obstacles and prevent crashes, is something we’re looking forward to testing once we get our hands on a review unit. In addition to its ultrasonic proximity sensor, Yuneec said the Typhoon H was built to allow for additional components, such as Intel’s RealSense camera, to expand its capabilities in the future. If this tech works well, that would be a very compelling reason for any pilot, beginner or professional, to pick this drone over the current competition, none of which offer anything like robust sense and avoid.

From The Verge