In the second installment of our new series “These Guys Just Got More Interesting,” we take a quick peek at Yuneec, a rising competitor to DJI in the consumer drone space. Why? Because Intel just invested $60MM+ in them. But that’s not all.
It was only 4 months ago that I stumbled across Yuneec for the first time at NAB 2015, not quite sure what I was seeing – but recognizing that whatever it was, I should pay attention.
Just a few weeks ago, I did a five-part, hands-on comparison of DJI’s Phantom 3 [B&H | Amazon] and 3DR’s Solo [B&H | Amazon] quadcopters) , but as I wrapped a new competitor arrived to the 4K game, the then just-released Yuneec Q500 4K Typhoon [B&H | Amazon]. It became clear that the Typhoon was next on my list – along with a gimbal version of the Solo.
If anyone had questions about Yuneec as a real competitor, Intel’s investment should quiet any lingering doubt.
Stay tuned – as soon as we can get our hands on one, we’ll let you know how it goes!
Intel and Yuneec International Announce $60M Investment, Future Product Collaboration
Via sUAS News:
Intel has poured more than $60 million into Yuneec International Co., a Shanghai-based drone and aerospace company, as a broad range of technology companies investigate the possible commercial uses of unmanned aircraft.
Venture capitalists and companies are investing in drone technology on the expectation that unmanned aerial vehicles will prove beneficial for consumers and industrial customers. Amazon.com and Google are developing drones to deliver products to consumers. Yuneec’s Chinese rival SZ DJI Technology Co. raised $75 million from Accel Partners in May.
Read full article at sUAS News “Intel invests $60 million in Chinese drone maker Yuneec”
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