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  • Drone Insurance Company SkyWatch.AI Shares Insights, Rolls Out New Plan for Pro Service Providers

    Drone Insurance Company SkyWatch.AI Shares Insights, Rolls Out New Plan for Pro Service Providers

    A just out, monthly drone insurance plan has been added to SkyWatch.AI’s insurance plan options to meet the needs of “frequent flyers.” If you fly your drone so often that on-demand insurance doesn’t make sense for you, SkyWatch.AI’s new SkyWatch Plus program might be just for you.

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    About the SkyWatch Plus Program

    SkyWatch Plus is a tailor-made monthly subscription plan for drone pilot “frequent flyers” that allows them to have insurance coverage all month long anywhere in the U.S. and its territories. Basically, if you’re a drone pilot who flies often, this might be a better option for you than on-demand insurance.

    Monthly rates for the SkyWatch Plus program are determined by the chosen liability limit and the available rate adjustments for safe pilots.

    As with SkyWatch.AI’s “on-demand” offering, the pricing for SkyWatch Plus is determined by their risk analytics platform, so both the pilot’s Safety Score and Insurance Experience discounts are fully applicable.

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    The Safety Score is a proprietary value created for pilots who have flown at least five missions using the SkyWatch.AI app. The app collects data on how each pilot flies, and uses that data to assess his or her safety. Insurance Experience simply refers to the total amount of time a pilot has been insured—the longer a pilot is insured, the steeper the discount (up to a certain point, of course).

    With this new addition to our platform, pilots have the freedom to choose between our on-demand hourly plan, and a monthly subscription and switch between them as they wish. Our simple, fast, and transparent solution provides pilots the ability to pay exactly for what they need, precisely when they need it.

    – Tomer Kashi, CEO of SkyWatch

    Trying to decide whether on-demand or monthly is right for you? Check out this side-by-side comparison of each one provided by SkyWatch.AI:

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    If you’d like to learn more, check out the price calculator on the SkyWatch.AI website.

    Risk Analysis Insights

    In addition to announcing SkyWatch Plus, SkyWatch.AI also recently shared some unique insights about drone flights in the U.S. based on the data they collect.

    SkyWatch.AI gathers a lot of data on drone pilot behavior through their app—in 2018 alone, they had 50,000 flight logs generated. Here are the three biggest insights from an analysis of that data:

    1. Insights on Hazardous Flying

    According to the data collected by SkyWatch.AI, during 70% of the flights logged on their app the pilot engaged in some kind of hazardous behavior.

    The most common risk that drone pilots using the SkyWatch.AI app take is to fly over moderately dense roads, and the second most common risk is to fly in controlled airspace.

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    According to SkyWatch.AI, the LAANC rollout should help prevent many of those flights in controlled airspace, since pilots will now have a practical option when it comes to seeking airspace authorizations (instead of simply doing the flight and taking the risk).

    2. Insights on Drone Flights by State

    Looking at the raw data, SkyWatch.AI found that, unsurprisingly, the most populous states in the U.S. also have the most overall drone flights—California, Texas, and Florida lead the pack. (The only exception here is New York, which they speculate may not have as many due to congested airspace.)

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    However, when SkyWatch.AI controlled for population size, the numbers revealed some surprising trends, with three smaller states in the northeast—Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey—showing the most drone flights per capita.

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    3. Insights on the Impact of LAANC

    LAANC is currently being rolled out throughout the U.S.—in fact, Wave 5 of the rollout deploys today, making LAANC available in the majority of U.S. airspace.

    When SkyWatch.AI looked at the number of flights that took place in 2018 in controlled airspace, they found that 75% of those flights took place in areas where LAANC currently is or will be soon available.

    It seems a little premature to point to LAANC as a success based on this data, since we don’t know how many of these flights took place with FAA approval or whether that approval was granted through LAANC, but it does seem like a positive sign.

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    Check out this video to learn more about SkyWatch.AI’s AirMAp integration to provide LAANC access to users of its app:

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    Have questions about SkyWatch Plus, or want to connect with other drone pilots looking for drone insurance? Hop into this thread on the UAV Coach community forum to join the discussion.

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  • DJI calls the August 23rd event their ‘biggest announcement of the year’ and admits that ‘it’s about time’.

    DJI calls the August 23rd event their ‘biggest announcement of the year’ and admits that ‘it’s about time’.

    In a post on Instagram, Chinese drone-maker DJI calls their “See the Bigger Picture” event their biggest announcement of the year. Of course, we all know what to expect on that day, the official introduction of the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and Pro models. The event can be followed live at live.dji.com (video) as it starts on August 23rd at 10 am EDT. So, be sure to tune in or follow the event here on DroneDJ.

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  • Fitbit Charge 3 specs, release date, news and rumours

    Fitbit Charge 3 specs, release date, news and rumours

    Fitbit has focused its more recent launches on fitness smartwatches rather than fitness trackers, with the Fitbit Ionic announced in late August 2017 and Fitbit Versa in March 2018.

    Leaks suggest the company might be about to update its popular Charge 2 fitness tracker though. Here is everything we’ve heard so far on the Fitbit Charge 3.

    Fitbit Charge 2 review
    Fitbit Charge 3 release date
    Possible IFA 2018 launch

    Fitbit typically announces a couple of devices a year, normally coinciding a launch with a big trade show, like IFA, MWC or CES. The company doesn’t usually announce products at the shows themselves but often a couple of days prior, using the shows to then present the new devices.

    With IFA 2018 only a few weeks away, we would expect a new Fitbit device to appear and based on the latest rumours, it looks like it might be the Fitbit Charge 3.

    The Charge 2 was announced two years ago at IFA 2016 so an update to this excellent fitness tracker is definitely plausible. Fitbit revealed the Charge 2 on 29 August and the Ionic on 28 August, both the Monday before IFA press days kicked off. If the company follows the same pattern, we might see a new Fitbit on 27 August this year. Nothing is confirmed yet though.

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    Fitbit Charge 3 design and display
    Slimmer and sleeker than Charge 2
    Different interchangeable strap options
    Hi-Res OLED display likely

    There have only been a couple of leaks surrounding the Fitbit Charge 3’s design, but both appear to show the device in all its glory.

    The first leak comes from dutch site NieuweMobiel, which published some images of what it claims is the Charge 3, showing it to share a similar but more refined design of the Charge 2. The second leak comes from Android Authority, showing the same design for the Charge 3 as leaked by NieuweMobiel.

    Based on the images, it looks like the interchangeable straps will still be intact, though with a neater mechanism and we can expect a range of different bands, including a perforated sports band like the Apple Watch Nike+ as well as a fabric option. There’s also a diamond-shaped etched band in the NieuweMobiel leak, which looks similar to the strap found on the special edition Charge 2 models.

     

    The body colours shown in the leaks suggest there will be a rose gold Charge 3 and a black or gunmetal Charge 3. If the Charge 2 is anything to go by though, these will probably be special edition models and cost a little more.

    The leaks also appears to show Fitbit having done away with the side button of the Charge 2, replacing it with an indent instead. The PurePulse heart rate sensor appears to be in the same position as the Charge 2 however, though the actual body of the Charge 3 seems to be curved and sleeker than its predecessor.

    We’d expect a high resolution OLED display to take precedence on the front, as the leaks support, and it looks like we can also expect a buckle fastening, like the Charge 2, Alta HR, Fitbit Ionic and Versa all offer.

    Which Fitbit is right for me?
    Fitbit Charge 3 features and specs
    Same as Charge 2, plus extras
    Hopefully water resistance and swim tracking
    NFC payments?

    The leak from NieuweMobiel didn’t reveal what features or specifications the Fitbit Charge 3 might come with, but the Android Authority leak did reveal a little more.

    According to Android Authority, the Charge 3 will offer water resistance and swim tracking, as well as some smartwatch-like features including Quick Reply. Quick Reply is already available on the Ionic and Versa so it’s plausible to suggest it might come to the Charge 3 too.

    The Android Authority leak also suggested there would be a special edition version of the Charge 3 that would be NFC-enabled, offering Fitbit Pay. Fitbit already offers special edition models of many of its trackers, but these have just been different colour ways in the past rather than offering extra features.

    The Charge 2 offers a PurePulse Heart Rate, Multi-Sport Tracking and Connected GPS, call, text and calendar alerts and a feature called Guided Breathing Sessions, among others like sleep tracking.

    We’d expect the Charge 3 to offer all of the above in some form or another, along with a few extras, and we’d expect improvements on the Charge 2 in terms of battery life and display too.

    What is Fitbit Pay, how does it work and which banks support it?
    Fitbit Charge 3 price
    Will likely cost around £130/£140

    The Fitbit Charge 2 starts at £139.99, originally jumping up £20 for the special edition models, though these are now the same price as the standard model.

    We’d expect the Charge 3 to sit in the same ballparc. It’s unlikely to be cheaper than £120 and it probably won’t go over the £150 mark for the standard model as this would start creeping into Fitbit’s smartwatch category. 

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