Skydio 2 has built-in GPS, which enhances the autonomous flight experience with features that enable it to return to your device’s last-known location if needed. Here are some details around Skydio 2’s GPS capabilities:
GPS location tracking & automatic return to phone
If Skydio 2 has trouble establishing a strong GPS signal, a warning message will appear in the app cautioning that it may not be safe to fly.
At any time during flight (either following a subject or flying manually), you can easily return Skydio 2 to your phone’s last-known GPS location, or a Home Point that you can set on a map - all from within the Skydio app.
Not only is this a handy way to quickly return Skydio 2 to your location, but it can be helpful if you’ve lost line of sight with Skydio 2, or if it has lost you while tracking.
- The GPS accuracy of many phones can vary from model to model, so Skydio 2 may return to a location slightly offset from your own.
- If you initiate a return to your phone and keep moving, Skydio 2 continues to update the GPS location until it reaches your general location.
- When Skydio 2 can’t see the tracked subject, the vehicle will switch over to using GPS to attempt to find you and keep following.
- The Skydio Beacon accessory extends the operational range of Skydio 2, and also greatly enhances the GPS accuracy and GPS tracking abilities of Skydio 2. See our related articles for more info on Beacon.
- GPS signal is independent of cellular data plans. Although the Skydio 2 app does require location services to be ON while flying, you can still fly Skydio 2 if you have no cellular data active on your device. Basically, you can fly Skydio 2 using the Skydio 2 app on a mobile device that is in "airplane mode", provided that you have location services/permissions ON.
Check out our specs page for even greater details.
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