Seven million drones are expected to have been sold in the U.S. by 2020, according to Federal Aviation Administration forecasts.
The last drone DJI launched a major consumer model was in August 2018 and that was Mavic 2 Pro / Mavic 2 Zoom.
Ever since, the chinese behemoth also launched two new products: Osmo Action and Robomaster S1 Tank.
Drone fans are still waiting to hear if DJI will release a major consumer drone in the first part of 2020. 2019 has seen the rollout of the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, the Smart Controller, improved fleet management software, Manifold 2, DJI Terra and more. There’s plenty going on. Additionally, it is not a secret that DJI has been making huge steps into other areas of production, like enterprise hardware and software, a sector that’s projected to far exceed the potential of consumer sales in the long term.
Chances for a new model in this year are slim and for one big reason: every new model needs to be integrated with AirSense technology that is planned to be launched by January 2020.
Furthermore, the new EU drone rules will not be finalized until later this year in October. These new rules and requirements will come in effect in June of 2020. Obviously, DJI will want to wait and see what these final rules and regulations will include to make sure that their new drones will meet any possible new requirements.
The first model to be released after the AirSense tech is rumored to be DJI Inspire 3 drone. This is the line of models that instigated the aerial photography industry boom and lead it into a full fledged business that continues to expand.
It only makes sense that DJI Inspire 3 is one of the leading candidate that is due for release in 2020 since the Phantom line seems to be shut down for good.
The guys from drondj.com also reckon that we will see new facelifted models for Mavic – the new DJI Mavic 2 Pro+ and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom+ early in 2020, 16 months or so after the Mavic 2 series was first introduced.
Drone DJ also assumes that this delay of new releases could partially be because the new EU drone rules that will come into effect in June 2020 won’t be finalized until October of this year. It makes sense that DJI would want to wait to see whether their new products will meet any new requirements from the finalized regulations.