As you may have heard, Axon just announced a new partnership with Skydio, the leading US-based UAS/drone manufacturer and a powerhouse in autonomous flight technology. This partnership will make Skydio’s drones and autonomy software solutions immediately available through Axon, and by next year Skydio’s offerings will be integrated with Axon’s suite of products to improve evidence management, real-time situational awareness and scene reconstruction for agencies. To say I’m excited about this announcement would be an understatement!
The Axon Air team has seen the value that drones provide in public safety, and is therefore committed to lowering the barriers of entry for agencies to adopt drone technology. Currently, we provide hardware, software and training to help agencies overcome regulatory hurdles and simplify livestreaming, evidence and program management. With the addition of Skydio, drone adoption will be even easier thanks to AI-assisted piloting and easy-to-use 3D scene reconstruction.
Today, a growing number of public safety agencies are using drones for aerial situational awareness – similar to how the biggest agencies use helicopters, but at a much lower cost that's accessible to more agencies and for more scenarios. At Axon, we believe that this is just the beginning, and that autonomous and AI-assisted autonomous flight have the potential to dramatically improve community and officer safety in the years ahead.
Skydio's autonomy engine already allows for better obstacle avoidance and autonomous flight, so Skydio drones can maneuver in harder-to-pilot situations where there would be greater risk of crashing or missing critical vantage points. In the future, Skydio's technology may enable beyond visual line-of-slight (BVLOS) flight to power a true “drone as first responder” system. This increased situational awareness will allow for faster response times from agencies and safer outcomes for all.
It’s a lofty goal, but we have a roadmap for making it happen:
- First, we’ll integrate Skydio drones with Axon Evidence for seamless upload and evidence management. What does this mean for you? Being able to easily manage, share and build cases leveraging drone files alongside your existing Axon-generated evidence, including body-worn video.