Brendan Schulman ( Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs at DJI. ) has tweeted in response to another UAV blog getting it all wrong regarding what the upcoming update is all about.. Like we said, this will NOT restrict any of the flying you are currently able to do.. Please flick anyone who says otherwise in the forehead!
See the original Tweet here https://twitter.com/dronelaws/status/866608262430556161
You might well have seen the message in the DJI go app or Facebook threads with all the crying babies moaning about the announcement from DJI that from next week ( sometime ) their new GO App – 3 and 4 – will force the user to re-login to DJI in order to re-activate the software.. The news from them also came with the info the craft will be restricted if this is not done.
Let me tell you, having had the new app ( still get testflight betas for some reason ), I can tell yuo all there is nothing to worry about. I wish I could show you the differences but I am technically still under NDR with the new app and don’t want to piss off DJI.. What I can say is that NO, the world will not end for you, the purpose of this is more to have the app localized to where you live and tailor the information it provides you. It will NOT restrict height and distance
DJI could have worded their news report a little better IMO. Some people are easily panicked and then set off others who seem to swallow Facebook comments as fact.
If you fear it, just disable internet connectivity on the device you use for flying and DO NOT let the app talk to DJI servers. Also avoid firmware updates. Give it some time, see what others comment on and decide the best way to proceed from there.
Here is the original statement from DJI in full.
DJI Updates Process For Activating Software And Firmware Updates
New Procedure Requires Login After Update; Password Reset Available
DJI will soon introduce a new application activation process for international customers. This new step, to take effect at the end of next week, ensures you will use the correct set of geospatial information and flight functions for your aircraft, as determined by your geographical location and user profile.
Even if you have registered when activating your aircraft upon purchase, you will have to log in once when you update the new version of DJI GO or GO 4 App. If you have forgotten your password since your initial login, you can reset it using a function within the DJI GO and DJI GO 4 apps.
You will need a data connection to the Internet for your smartphone or tablet when you log in, in order to verify the account information and activate the updated software or firmware. If this activation process is not performed, the aircraft will not have access to the correct geospatial information and flight functions for that region, and its operations will be restricted if you update the upcoming firmware: Live camera streaming will be disabled, and flight will be limited to a 50-meter (164-foot) radius up to 30 meters (98 feet) high.
The feature applies to all aircraft (except standalone A3 and N3) that have been upgraded to the latest firmware or when using future versions of the DJI GO and GO 4 apps.
DJI encourages pilots to always follow applicable laws and regulations in the countries where they operate, and provides information about these regulations on its FlySafe website at flysafe.dji.com.