Hivemapper raises $3M to be Waze for drones

While major companies struggle with Federal Aviation Administration drone restrictions, a new startup is busy mapping the sky in preparation for the day that drones can fly free.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: venturebeat.com

While major companies struggle with Federal Aviation Administration drone restrictions, a new startup is busy mapping the sky in preparation for the day that drones can fly free.

“Think of it as Waze or Google Maps for drones,”  said  Hivemapper  founder Ariel Seidman. He said the goal is to help drone pilots fly more safely (and legally).  Today Hivemapper is launching a public beta of its mapping app on Google Play. The app integrates with DJI drones to give pilots access to data-rich, localized maps so they can better control their drones. The 3D maps show viewers their drone in relation to buildings, trees, and even boats. It also includes information about no-fly zones and accident data, so pilots know what areas to avoid.

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