The Drive reports that with 2.9 million drones manufactured in China in 2017, it’s only right to showcase the wide variety of drone technology in Shenzhen, home to DJI. The 2018 World Drone Congress and the third annual Shenzhen International UAV Expo 2018 held their collective three-day exhibitions in the industrial Chinese city this past weekend.
According to Xinhua News, 2.9 million hobby drones were manufactured in China last year, a national year over year increase of 67 percent. There are now more than 1,200 drone companies in the country, either developing unmanned aerial vehicles or the components required for drones. DJI is responsible for more than 70 percent of the world’s drone market, making Shenzhen the inarguable hub of drones and their production.
Yang Jincai, chairman of Shenzhen UAV Industry Association, reiterated that notion and said, “the Chinese drone industry has been growing rapidly in industries such as power line inspection, mapping, firefighting, search and rescue, public safety, and agriculture”. “The civilian drone industry is developing fast,” he added.
This year’s World Drone Congress and Shenzhen International UAV Expo had hundreds of drones on display, with much of the focus highlighting artificial intelligence-based drone technology, ranging from synchronized flying (similar to Intel’s Shooting Star drones) and intuitive camera drones to agriculture-rooted drone technology and firefighting UAVs.
Shenzhen HighGreat Innovation Technology Development, for example, showcased its synchronized UAV technology, which has been a popular tool at weddings and other ceremonies in China.
“In the open air, they can form the shape of a dolphin, a seagull or a heart,” explained CEO Geo Jianmin. “The drones can deliver rings and flower bouquets.”
Meanwhile, mini-drones that can take selfies of you before folding back into their smartphone cases were being presented nearby. This past weekend was essentially a humming, vibrating hub of innovation being shared and displayed to visitors ranging from drone-savvy people to complete newcomers and corporate clients. Continue reading about DJI and the latest drone events in Shenzhen.