Is this the real reason American drone firm Skydio couldn't cut it?

HoverAir X1 next to Skydio 2 on landing pad
(Image credit: Future)

In their own ways the Skydio and the HoverAir X1 are both amazing drones, but from the consumer's perspective they both have the same basic premise: to follow you or your subject and record what you do. One of them uses all-round cameras and AI processing to see where it's going. The other has a safety cage.

You might imagine, in a year in which AI is seemingly everywhere, that Skydio – the Silicon Valley firm which has been perfecting the tech for the better part of a decade – would be everywhere. But it's the one in retreat, hiding in the largely protected niche of military and enterprise (though it's still producing new Skydio drones for that crowd).

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook