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California-based Skydio makes one of the most talked-about but least seen drones on the market today. The Skydio 2 stands out for its impressive subject tracking, which basically allows it to fly autonomously while filming the subject of a video.

But the drone has been elusive. For one, the company has been overwhelmed with orders. It was already contending with a production backlog before the coronavirus hit. With the lockdowns that took effect in California in March, Skydio’s domestic production has been shuttered.

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Here’s another story of police doing something they probably couldn’t have done without a drone. In Irvine, California, police used a drone to quickly spot an arson suspect they were looking for. expand full story

An unarmed Predator drone owned by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was spotted flying a loop around Minneapolis on Friday morning, in the aftermath of violent protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers. It was presumably surveying for further unrest. expand full story

Today we have a lot of deliveries by vans in the US and a small but growing smattering of deliveries by drones, such as new trials by Wing, Zipline, and Flirty. Researchers at MIT have proposed marrying the two technologies: deploying vans to neighborhoods that would launch drones to make the last part of the delivery.

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GoPro MAX Camera sees first price cut in $350 bundle ($459 value), more

GoPro is currently offering its MAX 360-degree Waterproof Action Camera bundled with 1-year of GoPro PLUS for $349.99 shipped. Typically you’d pay $499 for the Max alone at retailers like Amazon, with the added subscription amounting to a total savings of 38%. Today’s offer is the first time we’ve seen it on sale and subsequently is a new all-time low. GoPro MAX delivers the ability to capture 360-degree content with 16.6MP photos and 1440p60 videos. A built-in touchscreen makes reviewing content a breeze and other notable features include Max HyperSmooth stabilization, six built-in microphones, and more. Rated 4.3/5 stars from over 125 customers and you can learn more in our launch coverage. Head below for more.

In all the exciting drone news of the past month, an important milestone slipped under the radar. On May 16, Minnesota’s governor signed into law a sweeping set of regulations and restrictions on police use of drones. The law takes effect on August 1. expand full story

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